The EQ-5D-5L is a standardised measure of health related quality of life developed by the EuroQol Group to provide a simple, generic measure of health for clinical and economic appraisal.

It is used worldwide and is available in most major languages (approximately 180). The BSL version is the first signed language version to be validated and adopted.



Get access

The EQ-5D-5L BSL is available from EuroQol. To access this instrument and gain permission to use it you must register with them. There is a helpful animated video which explains how to obtain a copy of the EQ-5D-5L and then specify which language you want it in, or you can visit the website.

Please note that it is only the EQ-5D-5L version that is available in BSL. There is no cost for using it if you are a non-commercial organisation but registration is mandatory.

EuroQol Group: EQ-5D-5L available modes of administration.

The academic articles referring to the translation and validation are available here

  • Rogers, K. Pilling, M., Davies, L., Belk, R. Nassimi-Green, K., Young, A. (2016). Translation, validity and reliability of the British Sign Language (BSL) version of the EQ-5D-5L. Quality of Life Research. doi: 10.1007/s11136-016-1235-4.
  • Shields, G., Rogers, K., Young, A, Davies, L. (2020). Health State Values of Deaf British Sign Language (BSL) Users in the UK: An Application of the BSL Version of the EQ-5D-5L. Applied Health Economics and Health Policy doi: 10.1007/s40258-019-00546-8.