Measuring valuations for health states: a survey of patients in general practice

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Despite growing interest in the measurement of health-related quality of life no single means of achieving such measurement has so far emerged as a standard. Researchers from 5 European and Scandinavian countries have jointly developed a common generic measure. The EuroqolC questionnaire was designed as a selv-administered instrument to complement other forms of quality of life measurement. A postal survey of some 1300 patients in General Practice was carried out to check the feasibility of collecting valuations for health states using the EuroqolC questionnaire. This paper describes the results of that survey which revealed significant differences in values for more severe health states, particularly associated with respondents' level of educational achievement.

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