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Table 2 Comparison between EQ-5D-5L and EQ-5D-3L responses, and mean of perceived health VAS

From: Head-to-head comparison between the EQ-5D-5L and the EQ-5D-3L in general population health surveys

  EQ-5D-5L
EQ-5D-3L No problems 1 Slight problems 2 Moderate problems 3 Severe problems 4 Unable/extreme 5
Mobility
 No problems in walking about (n = 6390) 6287 (98.6%) [77.4] 86 (1.2%) [58.5] 16 (0.2%) [53.5] 1 (0.0%) [15.0] 0 (0.0%) -
 Some problems in walking about (n = 1104) 36 (3.2%) [60.7] 392 (34.8%) [57.0] 436 (41.1%) [48.9] 221 (19.8%)[38.2] 19 (1.1%)[52.2]
 Confined to bed (n = 60) 3 (4.4%) [74.5] 1 (0.2%) [40.0] 3 (7.9%) [37.3] 15 (26.5%) [35.2] 38 (60.9%) [35.5]
Self-care
 No problems with self-care (n = 7057) 6956 (98.6%) [75.4] 88 (1.2%) [46.8] 12 (0.2%) [32.5] 1 (0.0%) [40.0] (0.0%) -
 Some problems washing or dressing myself (n = 345) 27 (6.3%) [61.8] 109 (29.1%) [49.9] 154 (48.9%) [43.7] 51 (14.9%) [30.6] 4 (0.8%) [24.9]
 Unable to wash or dress myself (n = 152) 2 (1.5%) [76.9] 3 (1.7%) [52.3] 5 (3.6%) [55.4] 29 (18.4%) [44.7] 113 (74.9%) [36.5]
Usual activities
 No problems with performing my usual activities (n = 6677) 6526 (97.8%) [77.0] 105 (1.6%) [58.2] 37 (0.5%) [56.5] 8 (0.1%) [36.3] 1 (0.0%) [70.0]
 Some problems with performing my usual activities (n = 600) 31 (4.3%) [59.0] 197 (31.3%) [53.8] 269 (46.3%) [46.0] 92 (16.3%) [40.0] 11 (1.7%) [47.1]
 Unable to perform my usual activities (n = 277) 1 (0.6%) [70.0] 2 (0.5%) [69.1] 20 (7.7%) [48.8] 81 (30.0%) [42.2] 173 (61.3%) [35.0]
Pain/discomfort
 No pain or discomfort (n = 5275) 5124 (97.3%) [79.7] 113 (2.0%) [68.1] 34 (0.6%) [65.5] 4 (0.1%) [65.9] 0 (0%) -
 Moderate pain of discomfort (n = 1846) 73 (3.7%) [68.7] 790 (41.9%) [67.6] 875 (47.9%) [59.4] 107 (6.6%) [49.4] 1 (0.0%) [40.0]
 Extreme pain or discomfort (n = 433) 0 (0%) - 7 (1.8%) [55.8] 70 (15.7%) [47.9] 324 (75.5%) [40.1] 32 (7.0%) [34.2]
Anxiety/depression
 Not anxious or depressed (n = 6226) 6098 (98.1%) [77.4] 100 (1.5%) [61.0] 21 (0.3%) [65.8] 6 (0.0%) [43.9] 1 (0.0%) [50.0]
 Moderately anxious or depressed (n = 1111) 52 (4.5%) [58.0] 526 (47.0%) [62.1] 474 (43.6%) [54.8] 56 (4.6%) [46.1] 3 (0.3%) [22.3]
 Extremely anxious or depressed (n = 217) 3 (1.5%) [49.6] 6 (2.4%) [51.5] 37 (18.2%) [46.5] 147 (66.4%) [41.7] 24 (11.5%) [29.5]
  1. N unweighted, (weighted % by response to EQ-5D-3L) and [mean VAS]. Inconsistencies are marked in bold