VIGNETTES FOR HEALTH STATE DESCRIPTIONS
I will now read to you some descriptions of persons with varying levels of difficulties in different areas of health. I would like to know how you view each of these descriptions and rate how much of a problem or difficulty the person described has in that area of health in the same way that you described your health to me. While giving the rating, think of the person as someone who is of your age and background.
Pain and Personal Relationships
[Steve] has pain in the neck radiating to the arms that is not relieved by any medicines or other treatment. The pain is sharp at all times and keeps him awake
most of the night. During the day the pain has made him completely incapacitated. It has necessitated complete confinement to the bed and often makes him
think of ending his life.
In the last 30 days, how much bodily discomfort did [name of person] have?
Warning: these figures indicate the number of cases found in the data file. They cannot be interpreted as summary statistics of the population of interest.
Show and read rating scale to respondent; use in vignettes country specific female/male first names to match sex of the respondent.