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Table 10 Cross-tabulation of 3L and 5L responses at 6 months (n = 224)

From: Measurement properties of EQ-5D-3L and EQ-5D-5L in recording self-reported health status in older patients with substantial multimorbidity and polypharmacy

3L 5L
Mobility No problems Some problems Moderate problems Severe problems Unable
No problems 85 25 4 0 0
Some problems 3 35 40 27 2
Confined to bed 0 0 0 0 3
3L 5L
Self-care No problems Some problems Moderate problems Severe problems Unable
No problems 184 5 0 0 0
Some problems 3 10 7 6 0
Unable 0 0 1 1 7
3L 5L
Usual activities No problems Some problems Moderate problems Severe problems Unable
No problems 142 15 6 0 0
Some problems 1 20 28 8 0
Unable 0 0 0 2 2
3L 5L
Pain/discomfort No problems Some problems Moderate problems Severe problems Extreme
None 98 13 2 0 0
Moderate 2 33 47 15 0
Extreme 0 0 0 14 0
3L 5L
Anxiety/depression No problems Some problems Moderate problems Severe problems Extreme
None 176 11 0 0 0
Moderate 1 17 11 2 2
Extreme 0 0 1 3 0
  1. *Bold values represent inconsistent responses. An inconsistent response was defined as an EQ-5D-5L response which was two or more levels away from the respondent’s EQ-5D-3L response. An exception to this rule was made for the mobility item. Here, we considered responses from participants who reported with the 3L some problems in walking about, and also reported with the 5L being unable to walk about, to not be inconsistent. This is because the 3L mobility item is categorised into a person having “no problems in walking about”, “some problems in walking about” and being “confined to bed”. People who report being unable to walk about with the 5L, may not necessarily be confined to bed and may therefore instead logically report having “some problems in walking about” with the 3L
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