SSE/EFI Working Paper Series in Economics and Finance
A Non-Parametric Health Status Index - a Study of Hormone Replacement Therapy in Sweden
(), Magnus Tambour
() and Niklas Zethraeus
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.
Keywords: Health status index; hormone replacement therapy; non- parametric frontier models; rating scale; Russell efficiency measure; time trade-off; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: I10; (follow links to similar papers)
18 pages, February 1996
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