The third EuroQol Academy Meeting took place between 5th and 7th March in Budapest, Hungary. OHE researchers played an active role in the presentation and discussion of EQ-5D-related research.
The EuroQol Group
is an international network of experts that initiated and continues to develop the EQ-5D
, a generic measure of health outcome. OHE’s Nancy Devlin has co-authored an article on the ‘past, present and future’ of the EuroQol Group and the
EQ-5D instrument, featured in a blog post
around this time last year.
At this year’s Academy Meeting, Nancy Devlin
presented on Differences between the 3L and 5L: issues for science, issues for policy
. Nancy provided an overview of differences between the three-level and five-level versions of the EQ-5D. Some of the issues were featured in a previous post
The session also featured presentations by:
- Paula Lorgelly, who presented findings from research comparing EQ-5D-3L and EQ-5D-5L in a cohort of cancer patients;
- David Mott, who provided an overview of research comparing the performance of the EQ-5D-3L and EQ-5D-5L in a diabetes patient sample;
- David Parkin (OHE Senior Visiting Fellow), who presented work-in-progress on an EQ-5D-3L/5L simulations laboratory project.
In another session, Koonal Shah
summarised the methods and preliminary findings of a mixed methods
study seeking to understand what aspects of health
and quality of life
are important to people. The study complements the ongoing Extending the QALY
project (a collaboration between the University of Sheffield, the University of Kent, NICE and OHE), and builds on work recently published in The Patient
(an earlier version was published as an OHE Research Paper
Mike Herdman reprised his role from last year’s Academy Meeting, chairing an ‘Elevator Pitches’ session in which attendees introduced their research ideas with the aim of generating constructive feedback and fostering research collaborations.
Results from a study underway in New Zealand, using a new method for generating EQ-5D value sets (based on ‘potentially all pairwise rankings of all possible alternatives’) was reported in a poster by Trudy Sullivan, Sarah Derrett, Paul Hansen and others from the University of Otago together with Nancy Devlin.
For more information about OHE’s programme of EuroQol-related research, please contact Nancy Devlin
or Koonal Shah