Preference-based measure of social participation from the Handicap Scale for Children

Paula van Dommelen*, Annemarie Schuller, Symone Detmar, Bernard van den Berg, Karin Groothuis-Oudshoorn

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Objective: To establish a model that estimates a preference-based measure (valuation) of social participation for children between 8 and 18 years of age from the Handicap Scale for Children (HSC), a validated questionnaire for children with a chronic illness.

Methods: Vignettes of the HSC classification system were valued by a representative sample of 249 persons aged 18 years onwards. Linear and nominal scale (mixed-effects) models were used to analyze the valuations of the vignettes.

Results: We established a model that performed better than a model that simply sums up the levels of each dimension.

Conclusion: We obtained a measure that can be used for assessing need, for quality assurance and for evaluating interventions on a group level aiming to increase social participation in children with chronic illnesses.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)309-317
Number of pages9
JournalExpert Review of Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Children
  • Chronic illness
  • Handicap scale for children
  • Modeling preference data
  • Preference-based measure


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