EQ-5D and PROMs

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.

19 March: Jon Sussex will be at BioWales 2013 speaking on the health and wider economic benefits of life sciences research. 21 March: Jorge Mestre-Ferrandiz will give his updated annual presentation on the economics of the market for medicines at City College in London. 21/22 March: Nancy Devlin will be in Singapore with EuroQol colleagues. Until 12 April, OHE is accepting applications for a fixed-term position for an economist. Keep up with the latest!

At a recent meeting of the Pharmaceutical Onology Initiative’s (POI) HTA group, OHE’s Nancy Devlin provided an overview of the EuroQol Group’s scientific research agenda for the coming year and plans for the EQ-5D-5L approach to measuring patient-reported outcomes of care.

In a paper presented at the January 2013 Health Economics Study Group meeting, David Parkin of the NHS and OHE’s Nancy Devlin and Yan Feng examined what may cause the two-cluster shape of EQ-5D indexes. This is important because these indexes are used widely in other analyses that affect health care resource decisions.

The OHE continues to play a central role in the development and use of patient-reported outcomes measures (PROMs). The last quarter of 2012 was characteristically busy.

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