Statistical analysis of EQ-5D profiles: does the use of value sets bias inference?
David Parkin, Nigel Rice, Nancy Devlin
Medical Decision Making | Published : 2010
Health state profile data, such as those provided by the EQ-5D, are widely collected in clinical trials, population surveys, and a growing range of other important health sector applications. However, these profile data are difficult to summarize to give an overall view of the health of a given population that can be analyzed for differences between groups or within groups over time. A common way of short cutting this problem is to transform profiles into a single number, or index, using sets of weights, often elicited from the general public in the form of values. Are there any problems with this procedure? In this article, the authors demonstrate the underlying effects of the use of value ..View full abstract