The European Journal of Health Economics

, Volume 3, Issue 2, pp 125–130 | Cite as

Is EQ-5D a valid measure of HRQoL in patients with movement disorders?

A comparison with SF-36 and FIM questionnaires
  • S. Ghislandi
  • G. Apolone
  • L. Garattini
  • I. Ghislandi
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Abstract

We assessed the descriptive part of the EQ-5D system in rehabilitation patients with validity severe moving disorders and compared it with the FIM and the SF-36 Health Survey in a sample of 60 patients. We analyzed the EQ-5D convergent validity and the correlations between EQ-5D scores and a clinical variables. The internal validity of the EQ-5D instrument proved good. Moreover, the EQ-5D discriminated symptom severity as scored by the FIM and the SF-36 correspondent subscales. We analyzed the sensitivity of the EQ-5D only with respect to the ability of patients to move with or without a wheelchair. Most patients considered “moving a wheelchair” as a good way of “getting about.” This investigation can be considered a pilot study on the performance of the EQ-5D in a group of pathologies involving various degrees of movement disorders. The findings show possible problems of misinterpretation in the levels of the mobility dimension.

Keywords EuroQoL-5 Dimensions MOS 36-Item Short-Form Health Survey Functional Independence Measure Health-related quality of life Rehabilitation 

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Ghislandi
    • 1
  • G. Apolone
    • 1
  • L. Garattini
    • 1
  • I. Ghislandi
    • 2
  1. 1.Mario Negri Institute for Pharmacological Research, Ranica, ItalyItaly
  2. 2.Bergamo Hospital Trust, Bergamo, ItalyItaly

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