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Thursday, 3 October 2013

EQ-5D-5L value set for England

From the OHE Blog:

“As reported earlier, OHE’s Prof Nancy Devlin and Prof Ben van Hout of the University of Sheffield were National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) for research on an EQ-5D-5L value set for England. The EQ-5D-5L is an expanded version of the EQ-5D, able to capture subtler differences in attitudes about health states. Widely used in the UK and internationally to measure patients’ self-reported health, these instruments are accompanied by “value sets”—numerical summaries of the preferences of the general public about living in certain states of health, along a continuum from “good” to “bad”. One of the applications of these value sets is to produce estimates for quality-adjusted life years (QALYs), which in turn help inform resource allocation decisions.
awarded a £457,000 grant from the Policy Research Programme (PRP) of the UK’s

Although some research and analysis still is in progress, initial findings from the project were described in four papers presented at the 30th EuroQol Plenary Meeting in September. Since results still are preliminary, the papers are not yet available publicly. Further modelling work on the data is underway, with the final value set and related methodological papers to be released by the end of 2013.

In addition to Nancy Devlin and Ben van Hout, the project team for this research includes Koonal Shah and Yan Feng from OHE and Brendan Mulhern from the University of Sheffield. Each co-authored papers presented at the EuroQol Scientific Plenary.”

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