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The Dutch tariff: results and arguments for an effective design for national EQ-5D valuation studies


  • L. M. Lamers

    (Institute for Medical Technology Assessment, Erasmus University Medical Center, Rotterdam, The Netherlands)

  • J. McDonnell

    (Institute for Medical Technology Assessment, Erasmus University Medical Center, Rotterdam, The Netherlands)

  • P. F. M. Stalmeier
  • P. F. M. Krabbe

    (Department of Medical Technology Assessment, Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, The Netherlands)

  • J. J. V. Busschbach


The objective of this study was to estimate a Dutch EQ-5D tariff and to determine in a simulation study using the dataset of the original UK valuation study, the number of health states and respondents needed to estimate a reliable tariff. In all, 300 Dutch respondents directly valued 17 states compared to 3000 respondents and 42 states in the original MVH protocol. The results reaffirmed differences in health-related preferences between countries, justifying the estimation of national tariffs. The mean absolute error was 0.030. The design of this study is recommended for national EQ-5D valuation studies. Copyright © 2006 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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  • L. M. Lamers & J. McDonnell & P. F. M. Stalmeier & P. F. M. Krabbe & J. J. V. Busschbach, 2006. "The Dutch tariff: results and arguments for an effective design for national EQ-5D valuation studies," Health Economics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 15(10), pages 1121-1132.
  • Handle: RePEc:wly:hlthec:v:15:y:2006:i:10:p:1121-1132 DOI: 10.1002/hec.1124

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