Health outcomes in cost-effectiveness analyses are usually measured in quality-adjusted life years (QALYs) as it enables comparisons among various conditions.
QALYs are typically based on health state preferences from a representative sample of the general population. The question is whether it is more appropriate to use the perspectives of the general population or that of patients when eliciting health state valuations.
The implications of the choice of preferences used in calculating QALY might have a large impact on prioritisation and decision-making. Public versus patient health preferences is an important topic of research.
Christine Marie Bækø Halling from NHTA has developed a protocol for a study eliciting EQ-5D-5L health state preferences for patients. The protocol is developed together with excellent researchers from DaCHE – Dansk Center for Sundhedsøkonomi / Danish Centre for Health Economics, Syddansk Universitet – University of Southern Denmark, Rigshospitalet, and Danish Center for Healthcare Improvements – DCHI.
The protocol is online now and the paper is available via Open Access and can be accessed using the link below.