Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

2018 Edition
| Editors: Jeffrey S. Kreutzer, John DeLuca, Bruce Caplan


  • Jessica FishEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-57111-9_1804


EuroQol measure; EQ-5D


Format and Subsections of the EQ-5D

The EQ-5D is a global measure of health status that consists of two main sections: the EQ-5D descriptive system and the EQ Visual Analog Scale (VAS). The former contains five items covering mobility; self-care; usual activities such as work, study, housework, family, or leisure; pain/discomfort; and anxiety/depression with the respondent choosing the statement that best describes their state of health in that domain. There are two response set options: three response options consisting of “no problems,” “some problems,” and “severe problems” (EQ-5D-3L) and five response options consisting of “no problems,” “slight problems,” “moderate problems,” “severe problems,” and “unable to/extreme problems” (EQ-5D-5L). Crosswalks are available to convert scores between the two versions of the EQ-5D response sets.

The EQ VAS is a 20-cm vertical line marked at 100 equidistant points, with every ten lines marked with a...

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References and Readings

  1. Brazier, J., Jones, N., & Kind, P. (1993). Testing the validity of the EuroQol and comparing it with the SF-36 health survey questionnaire. Quality of Life Research, 2, 169–180.PubMedCrossRefPubMedCentralGoogle Scholar
  2. Cheung, K., Oemar, M., Oppe, M., & Rabin, R. (2009). EQ-5D user guide. Downloaded from http://www.euroqol.org/eq-5d/what-is-eq-5d/how-to-use-eq-5d.html. 13.07.2009 at 12.20 pm.
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  5. The EuroQol Website www.euroqol.org contains much useful information on the EQ-5D, as well as guidance towards locating a variety of more in-depth sources of information.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Medical Research Council Cognition and Brain Sciences UnitCambridgeUK