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EQ-5D-5L | Available modes of administration

EQ-5D-5L is designed for self-completion by respondents, and is available in both paper and digital versions. However, several other modes of administration are also possible. Please note that you should select a digital version if you want to collect EQ-5D-5L data digitally, or in an App.

Below you will find the current available modes of administration. Please click on the links below to view per mode the available translations:

Previously, EQ-5D would have to be hosted on our dedicated server. Now, you can choose between hosting EQ-5D on your own server, the REDCap, the LimeSurvey or the Castor EDC platform.

EQ-5D-5L British Sign Language (BSL) version. For use in REDCap. This is the first signed language version of EQ-5D-5L.

  • EQ-5D-5L Interviewer Administered (IA) version
    Developed for use either in face-to-face or telephone/computer interviews when participants are either unable to read or write or unable to be physically present for the interview. May be used interchangeably with existing Telephone and Face-to-face versions.
  • EQ-5D-5L Proxy version
    For use when patients are mentally or physically incapable of reporting on their health-related quality of life, for instance because of severe intellectual disability or mental health problems. Three proxy versions are currently available where a caregiver who knows the patient well is asked to complete EQ-5D as follows:
  • EQ-5D-5L Proxy version 1: The caregiver (the proxy) is asked to rate the patient’s health-related quality of life in their (the proxy’s) opinion.
  • EQ-5D-5L Proxy version 2: The caregiver (the proxy) is asked to rate how he/she (the proxy) thinks the patient would rate his/her own health-related quality of life if the patient were able to communicate it.
  • EQ-5D-5L Interviewer Administered Proxy version 1: An interviewer asks the caregiver (proxy) to rate the patient’s health-related quality of life in their (the proxy’s) opinion.

If you are unsure about which mode of administration to use, please contact the EuroQol Office. If a language version or mode of administration is not available, please contact the EuroQol Office.

(Version 11MAY2020)

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