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Measuring health outcomes of adolescents: report from a pilot study


  • Yemi Oluboyede

    () (Academic Unit of Health Economics, University of Leeds)

  • Sandy Tubeuf

    (Academic Unit of Health Economics, University of Leeds)

  • Chris McCabe

    (Academic Unit of Health Economics, University of Leeds)


There is a need to understand the practicality, validity and reliability of using utility measures with children and adolescents. We designed a pilot study in order to help guide the selection of an appropriate health-related quality of life (HRQoL) questionnaire for adolescents to be used in the context of a large randomised controlled trial (RCT) of family therapy versus standard treatment for adolescents aged 11-17 years. The pilot study was carried out on a school sample of adolescents the same age range as the RCT. Adolescents were asked to fill in three HRQoL questionnaires: the standard EQ-5D, the licensed Health Utilities Index HUI, and the child-friendly version of the standard EQ-5D: the EQ-5D for youth (EQ-5D-Y). This report explores the problems with the language and concepts embodied within HRQoL questionnaires and open discussion regarding how we can value the health of adolescents for cost-utility analysis in a larger study.

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  • Yemi Oluboyede & Sandy Tubeuf & Chris McCabe, 2011. "Measuring health outcomes of adolescents: report from a pilot study," Working Papers 1102, Academic Unit of Health Economics, Leeds Institute of Health Sciences, University of Leeds.
  • Handle: RePEc:lee:wpaper:1102

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    1. L. M. Lamers & C. A. M. Bouwmans & A. van Straten & M. C. H. Donker & L. Hakkaart, 2006. "Comparison of EQ-5D and SF-6D utilities in mental health patients," Health Economics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 15(11), pages 1229-1236.
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    EQ-5D; HUI; adolescents; children; utility measures; health-related quality of life;

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    • C80 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Data Collection and Data Estimation Methodology; Computer Programs - - - General
    • I19 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Other


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