Table 4

 Mean (SD) SF-12 physical component summary (PCS) score and mental component summary (MCS) score and measures of mental health in those with and without asthma

Mental health variable (asthma:no asthma)PCS‡MCS‡
AsthmaNo asthmaAsthmaNo asthma
*p<0.01; †p<0.05.
‡Higher scores indicate better quality of life.
§NSW Health scoring.
¶University of NSW scoring.
Kessler 10§ (NSW scoring)
    Psychological distress (151:781)40.6 (14.1)*44.9 (13.2)37.8 (10.9)37.8 (10.8)
    No distress (702:5812)47.6 (10.6)50.4 (8.7)53.7 (7.0)54.2 (6.5)
Kessler 10¶
    30–50 (high risk) (30:176)36.6 (13.5)*43.1 (14.7)30.3 (10.2)30.4 (9.7)
    16–29 (medium) (308:1883)45.6 (12.1)47.9 (11.3)46.0 (9.9)46.0 (9.5)
    12–15 (low) (496:4551)49.6 (9.1)51.5 (7.5)55.1 (5.5)55.6 (5.0)
Mental health condition
    Current diagnosed (146:751)43.0 (12.1)†47.5 (11.5)42.8 (11.7)42.9 (11.4)
    No (687:5858)48.6 (10.3)50.6 (8.8)52.6 (8.1)53.4 (7.6)
Mental health condition
    Diagnosed in last 12 months (145:724)41.8 (12.6)*47.1 (11.6)41.3 (12.3)42.6 (11.6)
    On treatment (12:50)38.3 (13.0)*49.0 (10.2)45.8 (11.4)47.0 (11.2)
    No (696:5819)46.9 (11.1)50.1 (9.1)53.0 (8.0)53.5 (7.7)