A Non-Parametric Health Status Index - a Study of Hormone Replacement Therapy in Sweden

Stockholm School of Economics Paper No. WPS97-2/96

Posted: 26 Dec 1998

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Mickael Lothgren

Stockholm School of Economics - Department of Economic Statistics

Magnus Tambour

Stockholm School of Economics

Niklas Zethraeus

Karolinska Institutet - Department of Learning, Informatics, Management and Ethics

Abstract

A relatively new approach to measure health status is to use non-parametric frontier methods, based on index and production theory. The purpose of this study is to construct and investigate some properties of a non-parametric health status index. The index is based on a non-radial efficiency measure obtained from a non-parametric health characteristics frontier model. The paper includes an empirical application where the health status index is applied to Swedish data from a menopause clinic. The data is collected using the health status profile part of the EuroQol questionnaire. Quality weights are obtained using the time trade-off and visual analogue scale approaches. Correlations between the health status index and quality weights are analysed. The results show that the health status index is significantly correlated both with the rating scale and the time trade-off scores.

JEL Classification: I10

Suggested Citation

Lothgren, Mickael and Tambour, Magnus and Zethraeus, Niklas, A Non-Parametric Health Status Index - a Study of Hormone Replacement Therapy in Sweden. Stockholm School of Economics Paper No. WPS97-2/96. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4941

Mickael Lothgren

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Magnus Tambour

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Niklas Zethraeus (Contact Author)

Karolinska Institutet - Department of Learning, Informatics, Management and Ethics ( email )

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