Why might differences arise between child and adult QALYs? In the UK, NICE’s science policy and research team is reviewing NICE’s recommendations on child utilities and QALYs. In Australia, the Medical Research Future Fund has announced it will fund research for the PBAC on the topic. This blog sets out a conceptual framework addressing five key issues in measuring and valuing children’s health as compared to that of adults.
This OHE Research Paper describes a study in which four stated preference methods for anchoring EQ-5D-Y values were compared: visual analogue scale, discrete choice experiment (with a duration attribute), lag-time time trade-off, and the recently developed ‘location-of-dead’ element of the personal utility function (PUF) approach.
Chronic diseases affect individuals’ health status and its impact is reflected by the stock of health, which measures the amount of health of a population in a given period of time. In a new study published in Health Economics, Maria Errea and colleagues assess the health-related quality of life of a population using the EQ-5D-5L instrument to, first, estimate the impact of a set of 30 chronic diseases and, second, rank diseases according to their impact on the stock of health for a country.
In collaboration with University of Technology Sydney, we’re leading a study funded by the EuroQol Research Foundation to develop ‘bolt-on’ descriptors for the EQ-5D. The goal is to develop and test new questions that can be used with people who have cognitive impairment or visual impairment.