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A Non-Parametric Health Status Index - a Study of Hormone Replacement Therapy in Sweden


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  • Löthgren, Mickael

    (Dept. of Economic Statistics, Stockholm School of Economics)

  • Tambour, Magnus

    (Dept. of Economics, Stockholm School of Economics)

  • Zethraeus, Niklas

    (Centre for Health Economics)

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    A relatively new approach to measure health status is to use non-parametric frontier methods, based on index and production theory. The purpose of this study is to construct and investigate some properties of a non-parametric health status index. The index is based on a non-radial efficiency measure obtained from a non- parametric health characteristics frontier model. The paper includes an empirical application where the health status index is applied to swedish data from a menopause clinic. The data is collected using the health status profile part of the EuroQol questionnaire. Quality weights are obtained using the time trade- off and visual analogue scale approaches. Correlations between the health status index and quality weights are analysed. The results show that the health status index is significantly correlated both with the rating scale and the time trade-off scores.

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    Paper provided by Stockholm School of Economics in its series Working Paper Series in Economics and Finance with number 97.

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    Length: 18 pages
    Date of creation: Feb 1996
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    Handle: RePEc:hhs:hastef:0097

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    Keywords: Health status index; hormone replacement therapy; non- parametric frontier models; rating scale; Russell efficiency measure; time trade-off;

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    1. K. Lovell & Sue Richardson & Peter Travers & L. Wood, 1990. "Resources and Functions: A New View of Inequality in Australia," School of Economics Working Papers 1990-07, University of Adelaide, School of Economics.
    2. Grossman, Michael, 1972. "On the Concept of Health Capital and the Demand for Health," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 80(2), pages 223-55, March-Apr.
    3. Robert Russell, R., 1985. "Measures of technical efficiency," Journal of Economic Theory, Elsevier, vol. 35(1), pages 109-126, February.
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