Welcome to the EuroVaQ website
EuroVaQ was a European Commission research project involving organisations from 10 European countries.
The aim of the project was to develop robust methods to determine the monetary value of a quality adjusted life year (QALY) across a number of European Member States.
The EuroVaQ project ended on 31 August 2010 and the final report is available to download. Two main methods were devised and developed for estimating the monetary value of a QALY. The following publications are based each of the two methods:
- Robinson, A., Gyrd-Hansen, D., Bacon, P., Baker, R., Pennington, M., Donaldson, C. and EuroVaQ Team (2013) 'Estimating a WTP-based value of a QALY: The ‘chained’ approach', Social Science & Medicine, September(92), pp. 92-104, is based on the ‘chained’ approach, and
- Pennington, M., Baker, R., Brouwer, W., Mason, H., Gyrd-Hansen, D., Robinson, A., Donaldson, C. and EuroVaQ Team (2013) 'Comparing WTP values of different types of QALY gain elicited from the general public', Health Economics, available online as early view, is based on the ‘direct’ approach
If you are unable to access the papers, please contact Sue Bell.
Colleagues in the Economics Departments at Konstanz and Martin Luther Universities in Germany have taken some of the ideas of the original EuroVaQ Project and tested them further. This is also useful because Germany was not included in the original EuroVaQ Project. The first paper from this work is now also available.
Both questionnaires are available for completion in a choice of languages, including English, Dutch, French, Spanish, Norwegian, Danish, Polish, Arabic and Hungarian.
What are your views on health?
EuroVaQ is currently conducting a pilot study to obtain the general public's views on health. In particular, we are interested in finding out the general principles that members of the public want to be taken into consideration when prioritising health care.
The study involves the use of Q methodology: in this case members of the public are being asked if they agree or disagree with 34 individual statements and then to place these statements in order of preference. This type of 'Q sort' is often carried out face to face, with a set of cards and a grid, either on a one-to-one basis or in a group. For the purposes of this study, we have also asked people to complete the 'Q sort' electronically online.
If you would like to participate in the study, instructions are included here.