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

Health Econ. 2006 Oct;15(10):1121-32. doi: 10.1002/hec.1124.


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.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Attitude to Health*
  • Economics*
  • Female
  • Health Status Indicators
  • Health Status*
  • Humans
  • Internationality
  • Interviews as Topic
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Netherlands / epidemiology
  • Quality of Life*