NZ EQ-5D Health Preferences Survey from Otago University

Kia ora

I am writing to ask you to please complete a survey about your health preferences that will help with health decision-making in New Zealand.

When agencies like PHARMAC decide which treatments and pharmaceuticals to fund, an important part of the process is to determine the effect on a patient’s quality of life, which is usually measured with an instrument known as the "EQ-5D". Your taking part in this survey will help us improve the EQ-5D by making sure it reflects the health preferences of New Zealanders.

In the survey, you will be presented with two hypothetical health states and asked to choose the one you prefer. You will be asked about 25 of these questions and to provide some background information about yourself, taking about 15 minutes in total to complete.

To start your survey, please click the link below. By clicking the link you are indicating you’re at least 18 years old and willing to participate. Your responses will remain confidential and you will not be identified in any way. No personal identifying information will be included in any reports or released to anyone.

Please complete your survey by 25 December. If you have any questions or comments please contact one of the researchers listed below.

Thank you for taking part in this research. We greatly appreciate your support.

Start the survey

Yours sincerely
Josh Ward

If you have any questions about this survey, please contact:

Josh Ward (Masters’ student)                   or                   Dr Trudy Sullivan (supervisor)

Email:                           Email:, ph: 03 479 8087
Department of Preventive and Social Medicine
University of Otago

Completing this survey is entirely voluntary. This study has been approved by the Department stated above. However, if you have any concerns about the ethical conduct of the research you may contact the University of Otago Human Ethics Committee through the Human Ethics Committee Administrator (ph 03 479-8256). Any issues you raise will be treated in confidence and investigated and you will be informed of the outcome.