EQ-5D and PROMs

OHE's extensive expertise in health outcomes will be further enhanced with the addition of Mike.

OHE is delighted to announce the appointment of Mike Herdman as Head of Health Outcomes, a new position at OHE. Mike brings with him extensive experience in psychometrics and in the development and validation of quality of life instruments.

This research addresses two critical issues about the use of the EQ-VAS.

A paper recently published in Quality of Life Research by OHE’s Nancy Devlin and Yan Feng with David Parkin, King’s College, London, describes research on the use of the EQ-VAS in the NHS Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) programme.

This project explores how existing valuation approaches can be adapted to the UAE culture.

OHE’s Professor Nancy Devlin and Koonal Shah have been working on-site in Abu Dhabi to establish a new programme to measure and value health in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Four papers presented at the EuroQol Plenary discussed preliminary findings.

As reported earlier, OHE’s Prof Nancy Devlin and Prof Ben van Hout of the University of Sheffield were awarded a £457,000 grant from the Policy Research Programme (PRP) of the UK’s National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) for research on an EQ-5D-5L value set for England.

Just released online [open access] is a special issue of the European Journal of Health Economics on the development of new research methods for the valuation of EQ-5D-5L. It is co-edited by OHE’s Professor Nancy Devlin and Professor Paul Krabbe of the University of Groningen/University Medical Center Groningen. Both are active members of the EuroQol Group; Nancy chairs its Executive Committee.

OHE was involved in several sessions at the 9th World Congress of the International Heath Economics Association (iHEA). Prof Adrian Towse, OHE’s Director, and Prof Lou Garrison, OHE Visiting Senior Research Fellow for 2012-13 and a professor at the University of Washington, took part in a session focusing on barriers to utilisation and delivery of health service in developing countries.

Significantly increases of wealth and health in the Western world over the past 50 years do not appear to have produced an equivalent increase in societal happiness, at least not using traditional measures. As a result, policy makers now are looking more closely at alternative ways of measuring the welfare of society, including measures of subjective well-being.

OHE’s Professor Nancy Devlin has researched, written and spoken widely on the use of the EQ-5D, and related measures, both in her capacity as the Director of Research at the OHE and as Chair of the Executive Committee of the EuroQol Group. In May, Nancy was invited to participate in the “Workshop on measuring patient-reported outcomes using the EQ-5D”, which was organised by the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare in collaboration with the EuroQol Group.

OHE is delighted to welcome Prof David Parkin as a visiting researcher at OHE over the coming months. A long-standing member of the EuroQol Group, Prof Parkin's expertise will provide valuable insights for OHE's current research programme around EQ-5D topics.

OHE’s Prof Nancy Devlin presented at two key workshops held for researchers and HTA policy makers from across Asia. The workshops were organised by Prof Nan Luo, National University of Singapore, in collaboration with the EuroQol Group.

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