Health Econ 2006 Oct;15(10):1121-1132, 01-10-2006

The Dutch tariff: results and arguments for an effective design for national EQ-5D valuation studies

Lamers LM, McDonnell J, Stalmeier PF, Krabbe PF, Busschbach JJ


The objective of this study was to estimate a Dutch EQ-5D tariff and to determine in a simulation study using the dataset of the original UK valuation study, the number of health states and respondents needed to estimate a reliable tariff. In all, 300 Dutch respondents directly valued 17 states compared to 3000 respondents and 42 states in the original MVH protocol. The results reaffirmed differences in health-related preferences between countries, justifying the estimation of national tariffs. The mean absolute error was 0.030. The design of this study is recommended for national EQ-5D valuation studies

Adolescent;Adult;Aged;Attitude to Health;economics;Female;Health Status;Health Status Indicators;Humans;Internationality;Interviews as Topic;Male;Middle Aged;Netherlands;epidemiology;Quality of Life;EQ-5D;EQ5D