Use of the 15D

Ways of using the 15D

The instrument can be used for

  • assessing effectiveness and efficiency (cost-effectiveness/utility) of health care programmes and technologies

  • measuring and monitoring health status and HRQoL of patients and population groups, and whole populations

  • improving medical decision making by

    • identifying health problems of individual patients (use as a diagnostic tool) and

    • following-up their health status and HRQoL in a standard way as a part of medical records

  • setting output objectives for hospitals/clinics/wards and measuring their output

  • standardising patient-mix when comparing and analysing the productivity of hospitals/clinics/wards

The 15D instrument is recommended by the Washington Panel (Gold M et al. (eds.) Cost-effectiveness in health and medicine. Oxford University Press, New York and Oxford 1996).