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Exploring health preferences in sociodemographic and health related groups through the paired comparison of the items of the Nottingham Health Profile
  1. Luis Prietoa,b,
  2. Jordi Alonsoa
  1. aHealth Services Research Unit, Institut Municipal d'Investigació Mèdica (IMIM), Barcelona, Spain, bFacultat de Psicologia i Ciències de l'Educació Blanquerna, Universitat Ramon Llull, Barcelona, Spain
  1. Dr Prieto, Institut Municipal d'Investigació Mèdica (IMIM), C/ Dr Aiguader, 80, E-08003, Barcelona, Spain (lprieto{at}


BACKGROUND Preference weighted measures of health related quality of life are necessary for cost effectiveness calculations involving quality of life adjustment. There are conflicting data about the influence of factors such as sociodemographic and health related variables on health preferences.

STUDY OBJECTIVE The relative values attached to the items of the Spanish version of the Nottingham Health Profile (NHP) were assessed to make comparisons across social and health subgroups.

DESIGN AND PARTICIPANTS Preference values were obtained in sets of 250 to 253 persons (total n=1258) using the method of paired comparisons after all possible pairs of NHP items had been presented to respondents for judgement of severity. χ2 Tests and Spearman's correlations among item ranks were calculated.

MAIN RESULTS Findings show that preferences elicited with the method of paired comparisons are consistent and independent of the sample from which they are obtained (mean correlation coefficients across subgroups range from 0.87 to 0.96). Conclusion—The evaluation of health did not seem to be related to sociodemographic variables (gender, age, social class) or to the health status of the respondents, suggesting that health preferences are stable across different populations.

  • health preferences
  • Nottingham Health Profile
  • psychometrics

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  • Funding: this research was supported by the Fondo de Investigación Sanitaria (FIS) (Expdte 96/0776). Additional support was received by the Generalitat de Catalunya (CIRIT/1995 SGR 00434) and the Facultat de Psicologia i Ciències de l'Educació Blanquerna, Universitat Ramon Llull.

  • Conflicts of interest: none.