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Xin Zhang is a PhD student at the Health Technology Assessment Unit, Department of Epidemiology under the supervision of dr. Paul Krabbe and dr. Karin Vermeulen. Her research focuses on Patient-Reported Outcome Measurement (PROM). The project she is now working on is:

From Better-Worse to Drop-Down: Heading for a better method to measure health

Our team is devoted to developing a smart ePROMs (electronic Patient-Reported Outcome Measure) framework for measuring Health-Related Quality of Life. This is based on a modern measurement theory that has been developed by us in 2013, referred to as the multi-attribute preference response (MAPR) model.

Preference-based assessment is one of the key elements in our theory to get overall value for health state of individual patients. The Better-Worse task is commonly used as the preference-based assessment method in our ePROMs. However, the task is still a bit complex and we found other minor drawbacks of this method in our previous studies.

So, we are now putting up a new preference-based assessment method (Drop-Down) and implementing a new study to explore whether this new method is better.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

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