Why is EQ5D important?
EQ5D is a widely used Patient Rated Outcome Measure (PROM) or Clinical Outcome in the NHS. It provides a measure of “Quality of Life” (QOL) across general health and wellbeing. It asks patients about five “dimensions”
- Washing and dressing ability
- Ability to perform usual activities
- Pain level
- Mobility level
Each dimension is scored and converts into a number which has a maximum score of 1 (perfect health) but would usually be expressed as a number below 1 e.g. 0.36. Studies measure the change in EQ5D score as a PROM.