EQ-5D in a general population survey - A description of the most commonly reported EQ-5D health states using the SF-36
2005 (English)In: Quality of Life Research, ISSN 0962-9343, Vol. 14, no 4, 1099-1109 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The importance of studying health-related quality of life in the general population has increasingly been emphasized. From a public health perspective, this benefits the identification of population inequalities in health status. One of the currently most popular instruments is the EQ-5D. Evaluations of the EQ-5D generally focus on the overall preference-based index. As this index has a built-in value, exploration of the information from the underlying health states is also important. In this study, the ten most commonly reported EQ-5D health states are described using the SF-36. Data collected in 1999 by questionnaires mailed to a random sample aged 20-74 in south-eastern Sweden were used (n = 9489). Almost 43% reported the best possible EQ-5D health state and 78% were accounted for by three EQ-5D health states. The EQ-5D health state classification was largely reflected by the SF-36, with the EQ-5D items mobility, usual activities, pain/discomfort and anxiety/depression tapping most clearly on the SF-36 scales physical functioning, role limitations due to physical health problems, bodily pain, and mental health, respectively. However, within the same level of EQ-5D (i.e., moderate problems) there was a rather large variation of SF-36 scale scores, particularly regarding the EQ-5D item pain/discomfort and the SF-36 scale BP. © Springer 2005.
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2005. Vol. 14, no 4, 1099-1109 p.
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-33318DOI: 10.1007/s11136-004-3062-2Local ID: 19327OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-33318DiVA: diva2:254141