Health State Utility Assessment of Adults Versus Children or Adults They Care For, 2012-2013 (ICPSR 35639)

Principal Investigator(s): Carroll, Aaron E., Indiana University. School of Medicine


The overall aim of this study was to examine if health utility values differ for children, adults, and the elderly, in order to test whether we value the lives of children, adults, and the elderly differently. To that end, the study collected utilities from study participants between the ages of 18 and 65 using varying health state scenarios. The participants provided utility values for themselves as well as values for hypothetical or real children or elderly persons they care for. Standard gamble and time trade-off procedures were used to value four hypothetical health states: severe seizure disorder, severe bilateral vision loss, severe mental impairment and diabetes.

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Study Description


Carroll, Aaron E. Health State Utility Assessment of Adults Versus Children or Adults They Care For, 2012-2013. ICPSR35639-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2015-05-15.

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This study was funded by:

  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (69795)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    cost-utility analysis, health, health states, health utilities, risk attitudes, utility values

Geographic Coverage:    District of Columbia, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio

Time Period:   

  • 2012--2013

Date of Collection:   

  • 2012--2013

Universe:    Adults ages 18-65.

Data Type(s):    survey data


Sample:    A convenience sample was selected at the study's recruitment sites. The sites included the primary care clinics in the Indiana University Primary Care Practice Based Research Network (ResNet) and the Pediatric Research Network (PResNet). The study also recruited participants at public venues that draw upon national audiences such as the Hyde Park Jazz Festival and the Wrigley Ville Summerfest in Chicago, the Indiana Black Expo in Indianapolis, and local events in Florida.

Mode of Data Collection:    computer-assisted personal interview (CAPI), face-to-face interview

Extent of Processing:   ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Created variable labels and/or value labels.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


Original ICPSR Release:   2015-05-15


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