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Table 3 Ranking of fifteen disease stages according to mean visual analogue scale values in 5 Western European countries and by professional category (standard deviation in parentheses).

From: Cross-national agreement on disability weights: the European Disability Weights Project

  All England France Netherlands Spain Sweden Health care professionals Non-health care professionals
Disease stages (n = 230) (n = 49) (n = 46) (n = 50) (n = 46) (n = 39) (n = 111) (n = 119)
Common cold 0.03 (0.04) 0.04 (0.06) 0.03 (0.02) 0.03 (0.04) 0.04 (0.04) 0.03 (0.03) 0.03 (0.04) 0.03 (0.04)
Vision disorder (mild/moderate) 0.17 (0.17) 0.17 (0.14) 0.29 (0.29) 0.13 (0.08) 0.15 (0.11) 0.14 (0.08) 0.22 (0.22) 0.13 (0.09)
Breast cancer (disease-free stage without sequelae) 0.32 (0.18) 0.37 (0.22) 0.29 (0.19) 0.27 (0.14) 0.39 (0.15) 0.26 (0.14) 0.33 (0.17) 0.30 (0.18)
Chronic low back pain 0.33 (0.18) 0.37 (0.20) 0.34 (0.17) 0.28 (0.15) 0.32 (0.16) 0.36 (0.20) 0.30 (0.17) 0.36 (0.18)
Uncomplicated diabetes 0.34 (0.16) 0.40 (0.17) 0.30 (0.14) 0.31 (0.15) 0.31 (0.14) 0.37 (0.16) 0.36 (0.16) 0.31 (0.15)
Mild dementia 0.46 (0.21) 0.50 (0.23) 0.46 (0.23) 0.46 (0.20) 0.47 (0.19) 0.41 (0.21) 0.47 (0.20) 0.45 (0.22)
Severe asthma 0.46 (0.19) 0.53 (0.20) 0.43 (0.23) 0.43 (0.16) 0.43 (0.17) 0.48 (0.15) 0.49 (0.18) 0.43 (0.19)
Colorectal cancer (diagnosis and primary therapy) 0.51 (0.20) 0.53 (0.22) 0.48 (0.21) 0.47 (0.14) 0.64 (0.15) 0.41 (0.18) 0.49 (0.18) 0.53 (0.21)
AIDS (minor symptoms and HAART) 0.55 (0.22) 0.56 (0.21) 0.60 (0.22) 0.43 (0.21) 0.65 (0.21) 0.52 (0.20) 0.56 (0.22) 0.54 (0.22)
Severe stable angina (NYHA3) 0.59 (0.16) 0.65 (0.15) 0.58 (0.18) 0.54 (0.13) 0.59 (0.14) 0.56 (0.15) 0.59 (0.15) 0.58 (0.17)
Acute myocardial infarction 0.59 (0.20) 0.64 (0.22) 0.61 (0.22) 0.49 (0.16) 0.67 (0.16) 0.52 (0.18) 0.57 (0.20) 0.60 (0.20)
Stroke (moderate permanent impairments) 0.68 (0.16) 0.69 (0.17) 0.68 (0.17) 0.64 (0.17) 0.75 (0.13) 0.64 (0.15) 0.66 (0.17) 0.70 (0.15)
Severe depression 0.78 (0.17) 0.74 (0.22) 0.77 (0.21) 0.82 (0.12) 0.76 (0.13) 0.83 (0.14) 0.78 (0.18) 0.78 (0.17)
Quadriplegia 0.91 (0.10) 0.89 (0.12) 0.93 (0.07) 0.89 (0.07) 0.94 (0.06) 0.88 (0.13) 0.90 (0.10) 0.91 (0.09)
Final year of unspecified fatal disease 0.91 (0.10) 0.92 (0.09) 0.96 (0.05) 0.87 (0.11) 0.95 (0.06) 0.87 (0.12) 0.90 (0.11) 0.93 (0.09)
  1. Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS); Highly Active Anti-Retroviral Therapy (HAART); New-York Heart Association (NYHA)