Measurement of health and quality of life
When evaluating the effects of a health policy or a medical intervention it is crucial that all the outcomes they may impact are measured correctly. Staff at the CHE are at the international forefront of research that explores how best to measure health-related quality of life. This research has been used to develop the Assessment of Quality of Life (AQoL) questionnaire instruments. Originally designed for use in economic evaluation studies, the AQoL is now a broadly used multi-attribute health utility instrument.
Our research into measurement of health also involves the application of econometric techniques to investigate biased reporting of self-reported health in commonly used household surveys, and to investigate the factors that influence the way people think about and report their health.
Examples of our published research
Quality of life
- Measuring the sensitivity and construct validity of 6 utility instruments in 7 disease areas
- Mapping between 6 multi-attribute utility instruments
- Scoring the Child Health Utility 9D instrument
- A comparison of preference-based measures of quality of life
- Valuing health states associated with breast cancer
Reliability of self-assessed health
- What does self-assessed general health measure?
- Using anchoring vignettes to evaluate reporting heterogeneity in quality of life measurement
- Who provides inconsistent reports of their health status?
- Justification bias in self-reported disability