Center Publication Cites Bias in Widely Used Health Survey

By | May 4, 2011

Health policymakers allocate resources to populations based on their needs, and these needs often are estimated from responses to large-scale surveys. In a recent study published in the journal Medical Care, Sudano and colleagues reported that a commonly used health survey (the ÒSF-36v2Ó) is biased for Spanish-speaking Hispanics, but not for white, black or English-speaking counterparts. ÒWe believe these results indicate that there are translation issues and cultural differences in the way Spanish speakers think about and report their healthÓ says Dr. Joseph Sudano, PhD, lead author and medical sociologist at the Center, ÒWe recommend reworking the survey to address both of these issues. In the meantime, we believe that policymakers should use caution when comparing SF-36v2 scores of Spanish-speaking Hispanics with those of other groups. Ò Joining Dr. Sudano in this study are fellow Center members Adam Perzynski, PhD; Thomas E. Love, PhD; Steven A. Lewis, MS; Patrick M. Murray, MD, MS; and colleagues from Northwestern University Gail M Huber, PT, PhD; Bernice Ruo, MD; and David W. Baker, MD, MPH. (posted 5/2011)Adam Perzynski, PhD, Patrick M. Murray, MD, MS,Medical Care

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