Child versus adult EQ-5D-Y health state preferences recently published

Max Catchpool and A/Prof Kim Dalziel recently published a validation study on the EQ-5D-Y in the journal PharmacoEconomics titled: Feasibility and validity of adolescent and adult health state preferences for EQ-5D-Y states in Australia and Spain: an application of best-worst scaling

The aim of the paper was to evaluate whether adolescent preferences were valid to inform health states from the EQ-5D-Y when compared to adult preferences. A profile case best-worst scaling (BWS) online survey was conducted. Results showed that adolescents aged 11-17 years were able to provide valid preferences. There were important differences in how Australian adolescents and adults rated the health states. Having no mobility problems was rated as “best” by adolescents, while adults rated having no Pain and Discomfort as “best”. Adolescents rated ‘very Worried, Sad or Unhappy’ as “worst,”

Whereas adults rated ‘a lot of Pain and Discomfort’ as “worst.” Our analysis suggests that there are important age-related differences in elicitation values for the EQ-5D-Y.

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