Established in 1987, the EuroQol Group first met to test the feasibility of jointly developing a standardized non disease specific instrument for describing and valuing health-related quality of life.
EuroQol Group Association
The EuroQol Group Association (“The EuroQol Group”) comprises a network of international, multilingual, multidisciplinary researchers, originally from seven centres in England, Finland, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden. Currently we have more than 75 members worldwide.
EuroQol Research Foundation
The EuroQol Research Foundation (“The Foundation”) is a non-profit organisation. The aim of the EuroQol Research Foundation is to serve the public interest by supporting/instigating/performing scientific research and development of instruments that describe and value health without an aim for profit. It is charged with governing the intellectual property rights that include, but are not limited to, EQ-5D. Furthermore, its aim is to promote the scientific and other interests of the EuroQol Group.
The process of shared development, local experimentation and lively discussion resulted in EQ-5D, a measure generating a single index value for health status with considerable potential for use in health care evaluation.
EQ-5D was initially developed simultaneously in Dutch, English, Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish. It is now widely used in many countries/regions around the world and has been translated into most major languages with the Foundation closely monitoring the process.