EQ-5D and PROMs

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.

OHE's outside activities in early 2012 focused on spillovers, HTA decision making, and measuring health outcomes.

Measuring and publishing hospital data on achieved health outcomes is becoming routine in many health care systems. League tables of hospital quality – based on post-surgical survival rates, for example - are used to highlight variation in performance across providers. These measures, however, reveal little about the health of the vast majority of patients and may fail to detect important variations in quality.

A new discussion paper from the Centre of Health Economics (CHE), University of York, reports first results from a programme of collaborative research by CHE, Nancy Devlin of the OHE, and David Parkin of NHS South of England. The study, funded by the UK Department of Health, is the first to examine the relationship between hospital costs and patients’ health outcomes.

This post reviews OHE's activities in September 2011 that contributed to advancing thought and stimulating innovative ideas in its three key research areas: financing and delivery of health care, HTA methods and processes, and the economics of the pharmaceutical and life sciences industries.

At the Spanish Health Economics Association (AES) conference in May 2011, OHE’s Ruth Puig Peiró discussed a recent OHE study that reviewed the available literature on variations in medicines’ efficacy and effectiveness across countries.

OHE was awarded a UK Department of Health grant to further develop three aspects of health status indexes. Results of the second of these, advances in Time Trade Off methodology, are reported in this post.

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