Please note, the CSP no longer has a licence for use of EQ-5D by its members.
If you are interested in using this outcome measure, please contact the licence owner to enquire about purchasing a service licence.
The CSP’s calculator tool remains free to use.
The quality of life questionnaire
The EQ-5D-5L is a standardised measure of health status developed by the Euroqol group, applicable to a wide range of health conditions and treatments and has widespread currency outside the profession. It is often referred to as a quality of life questionnaire.
The EQ-5D-5L, is a very simple measure which patients complete at the start and end of treatment. It's name means 'EuroQol – 5 Dimensions – 5 Levels'. It comprises five dimensions of health: mobility, ability to self-care, ability to undertake usual activities, pain and discomfort, and anxiety and depression. There are five options (levels) under each domain.
EQ-5D-5L is one of the key measures chosen by the Department of Health in England in the current PROM's programme. It has been used since 2009 to evaluate and benchmark various elective surgical pathways (eg total knee replacement, total hip replacement, varicose vein and hernia).
The NHS England PROMs team are also looking at including EQ-5D in an Outcome Experience Questionnaire (OEQ) which could be applied across services for NHS patients. It is supported by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) and the Scottish Health Department MSK expert group for measuring change in health related quantity of life.
EQ-5D-5L is a very simple measure which patients complete at the start and end of treatment. It comprises five dimensions of health: mobility, ability to self-care, ability to undertake usual activities, pain and discomfort, and anxiety and depression.
The accompanying calculator tool is an excel spreadsheet. As well as carrying out the EQ-5D-5L calculation it can also act as a spreadsheet to store any other basic PROM and PREM data you may also choose to collect.