Do personal and societal preferences differ by socio-demographic group?

Peter Franks, Erica I. Lubetkin, Joy Melnikow

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For equity, preferences used in cost-effectiveness analyses (CEAs) should yield similar values for different groups with similar health states. We used data from the US 2000 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, including socio-demographics, EQ-5D) Index and EQ Visual Analog Scale (EQ VAS) scores, to examine whether EQ-5D Index (representing community preferences) and EQ VAS (representing personal preferences) scores differed systematically by socio-demographic group. Differences between EQ-5D Index and EQ VAS scores by socio-demographic group were small and mostly not statistically significant. These preliminary findings suggest that using the EQ-5D, Index in CEAs may not contribute to socio-demographic inequities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)319-325
Number of pages7
JournalHealth Economics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2007


  • Health status
  • Population health
  • Preferences
  • Socio-economic status

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Health(social science)
  • Health Professions(all)


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