International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care

General Essays

Labor and Health Status in Economic Evaluation of Health Care: The Health and Labor Questionnaire

Leona Van Roijena1, Marie-Louise Essink-bota1, Marc A. Koopmanschapa1, Gouke Bonsela2 and Frans F. H. Ruttena3

a1 Erasmus University Rotterdam

a2 Academic Medical CentreAmsterdam

a3 Erasmus University Rotterdam


A health care program may influence both costs and health effects. We developed the Health and Labor Questionnaire (HLQ), which consists of four modules, to collect data on absence from work, reduced productivity, unpaid labor production, and labor-related problems. We applied the HLQ in several studies, and the results are encouraging.