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MAPPING THE CLINICAL COPD QUESTIONNAIRE ONTO EQ-5D VALUES

Rotterdam, The Netherlands – The Clinical COPD Questionnaire (CCQ) is a widely-used questionnaire to assess the effectiveness of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) treatments. However, it is not a preference-based measure, and hence cannot be directly used to estimate the

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Potential Common Benchmark For Assessing New Diabetes Treatments

Basel, Switzerland – Many new products for type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) will be launched in the coming years as a response to this ever-increasing world epidemic. Health technology assessment (HTA) agencies require cost-effectiveness studies of these agents, but no consistent

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The QALY Model Upside-Down

Leiden, The Netherlands – The quality-adjusted life years (QALY) model is defined, in its most basic form, as life duration multiplied by an index in the 0-1 range representing the patients’ quality-of-life. The hazard function is a key concept in the statistical

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Quality Of Life In Heart Patients: The Way You Measure Drives The Results

Gent, Belgium – Pain, anxiety, and functional or social limitations can cause an impaired Health-Related Quality of Life (HRQoL) in heart patients. Several measures exist to assess HRQoL, with some of them, such as the EQ-5D and the SF-6D (derived from

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How Difficult Are Diagnostic And Screening Tests For Patients?

Boston, MA, USA – Medical tests with greater morbidity are less likely to be completed by patients, and this lack of health maintenance adherence has implications for future health outcomes. Knowing how medical tests may differ in their temporary changes to

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Italian Social Tariffs For QALYs Calculation Are Now Available

Milano and Napoli, Italy – The Italian health care system is starting to take information on HRQoL and QALYs into consideration when deciding on the utilization of available resources. Although comparisons of different national value sets have demonstrated the existence of

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Recommendations For Estimating Utility Values From Other Health Measures

Sheffield, UK – Decision-making agencies, such as the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) in the UK, recommend the inclusion of utility data in health technology assessments, and sometimes require data to be collected using specific patient-reported outcome measures

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Comparing Different Methods for Measuring Benefits for Economic Evaluation

Sheffield, UK – A comparison of the benefits and costs of different treatments for various patient groups to inform resource allocation decisions requires a comparable measure of benefit.

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