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Inconsistency and health state valuations

Dolan, Paul and Kind, Paul (2005) Inconsistency and health state valuations. In: Kind, Paul, Brooks, Richard and Rabin, Rosalind, (eds.) Eq-5d Concepts and Methods: a Developmental History. Springer Netherlands, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, pp. 139-146. ISBN 9781402037115

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Identification Number: 10.1007/1-4020-3712-0_11


Comparison of scaling methods used to value health states sometimes rests upon an examination of aggregate scores. This analysis is usually undertaken once “inconsistent” respondents have been excluded from the data. However, it is important to have information on the extent to which respondents are logically consistent when valuing health states. The degree of inconsistency will depend on how the health states are described, how the questionnaire is administered and who the respondents are. This paper analyses the inconsistency rates from two studies in which valuations for EuroQol health states were elicited using a visual analogue scale. The studies differed in design and incorporated several different variants of the standard EuroQol questionnaire, thus providing an opportunity to examine the relative importance of the different factors that were thought to affect inconsistency rates. Our general conclusions are that inconsistency rates are higher for postal than for interviewer-based surveys, possibly due to response bias, and that inconsistency rates are positively related to age and negatively related to educational attainment.

Item Type: Book Section
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Additional Information: © 2005 Springer
Divisions: Social Policy
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2011 11:42
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 03:06

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