EQ-5D and PROMs

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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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.

OHE’s Prof Nancy Devlin and Prof Ben van Hout of the University of Sheffield have been awarded a £457,000 grant from the Policy Research Programme (PRP) of the UK’s National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) for research to produce an EQ-5D-5L Value Set for England.

OHE team members have been active in a number of external seminars, conferences and workshops. These included gatherings of academic experts, discussions involving governments, and meetings organised by the pharmaceutical industry.

The NHS Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) programme, introduced in April 2009, is a significant development in the routine collection and use of patient reported outcome data. Currently, data are collected from patients both before and after surgery for four elective surgical procedures in the NHS, with plans to expand the practice.


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