An Investigation of the Feasibility and Cultural Appropriateness of Stated Preference Methods to Generate EQ-5D-5L Values in the United Arab Emirates

20 Pages Posted: 14 Jul 2015 Last revised: 13 Aug 2015

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Manny Papadimitropoulos

University of Toronto

Iffat Elbarazi

UAE University

Iain Blair

UAE University

Marina Selini Katsaiti

United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) - College of Business and Economics

Koonal Shah

Office of Health Economics; University of Sheffield - School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR)

Nancy Devlin

Office of Health Economics

Date Written: February 1, 2015

Abstract

Objectives: No EQ-5D-5L value sets are currently available in the Middle East to inform decision making in the region’s health care systems. This study tests the feasibility of eliciting EQ-5D-5L values from a general public sample in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) using the EuroQol Group’s standardised valuation protocol.

Methods: Values were elicited in face-to-face computer-assisted personal interviews. Adult Emiratis were recruited in public places. Respondents completed 10 time trade-off (TTO) tasks and seven discrete choice experiment (DCE) tasks, followed by debriefing questions about their experience of completing the valuation tasks. Descriptive analyses were used to assess the face validity of the data.

Results: Two-hundred respondents were interviewed in December 2013. The face validity of the data appears to be reasonably high. Mean TTO values ranged from 0.81 for the mildest health state (21111) to 0.19 for the worst health state in the EQ-5D-5L descriptive system (55555). Health states were rarely valued as being worse than dead (6.2% of all observations; 10.0% of all valuations of 55555). In a rationality check DCE task whereby a health state (55554) was compared to another that logically dominated it (55211), 99.5% of respondents chose the dominant option. The majority of respondents stated that their religious beliefs influenced their responses to the valuation tasks.

Conclusions: Our results suggest that it is feasible to generate meaningful health state values in the UAE, though some adaptation of the methods may be required to improve their acceptability in the UAE (and other countries with predominantly Muslim populations).

Suggested Citation

Papadimitropoulos, Manny and Elbarazi, Iffat and Blair, Iain and Katsaiti, Marina Selini and Shah, Koonal and Devlin, Nancy, An Investigation of the Feasibility and Cultural Appropriateness of Stated Preference Methods to Generate EQ-5D-5L Values in the United Arab Emirates (February 1, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2630541 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2630541

Manny Papadimitropoulos (Contact Author)

University of Toronto ( email )

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Iffat Elbarazi

UAE University ( email )

College of Business and Economics
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United Arab Emirates

Iain Blair

UAE University ( email )

College of Business and Economics
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Al Ain, 17555
United Arab Emirates

Marina Selini Katsaiti

United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) - College of Business and Economics ( email )

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United Arab Emirates

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Koonal Shah

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Nancy Devlin

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