HEDS is part of the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) at the University of Sheffield. We undertake research, teaching, training and consultancy on all aspects of health related decision science, with a particular emphasis on health economics, HTA and evidence synthesis.

Monday, 23 June 2014

Comparison of the EQ-5D-5L to measures of well-being and capability in an older population

Clara Mukuria, John Brazier and Barend van Hout have been successful in securing a new award 
worth £63,543 from the EURoQol group to carry out research into the comparative performance of the EQ-5D-5L to other measures in an older population with long term conditions (LTCs).

Formal and informal social care support are important inputs for individuals with LTCs as they can help maintain well-being even where health is not improving. Health related quality of life measures such as EQ-5D may capture some of the impact of social care but may miss out on aspects such as independence and control and new measures such as the ICECAP-O, ASCOT or well-being have been recommended as alternatives.

The overall aim of this study is to compare  the new 5 level version of EQ-5D to these new ‘beyond health measures’ in a longitudinal study in order to examine the extent to which EQ-5D already captures the ‘beyond health’ domains covered in these measures. The study will add to the evidence base on the validity of the EQ-5D as well as other measures that are used to inform decision-making in health and social care.