Valuing QALYS at the end of life

Jose Luis Pinto Prades, Fernando-Ignacio Sánchez-Martínez, Belen Corbacho, Rachel Baker

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Abstract

The possibility of weighting QALYs differently for different groups of patients has been a source of debate. Most recently, this debate has been extended to the relative value of QALYs at the end of life (EoL). The objective of this study is to provide evidence of societal preferences in relation to this topic. Three cross-sectional surveys were conducted amongst Spanish general population (n = 813). Survey 1 compared increases in life expectancy for EoL patients with health gains from temporary health problems. Survey 2 compared health gains for temporary health problems with quality of life gains at the EoL (palliative care). Survey 3 compared increases in life expectancy with quality of life gains, both for EoL patients. Preferences were elicited using Person Trade-Off (PTO) and Willingness to pay (WTP) techniques presenting two different durations of health benefit (6 and 18 months). Health benefits, measured in QALYs, were held constant in all comparisons.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-14
Number of pages10
JournalSocial Science and Medicine
Volume113
Early online date2 May 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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Quality-Adjusted Life Years
Health
Insurance Benefits
Life Expectancy
health
Quality of Life
life expectancy
Terminal Care
quality of life
Palliative Care
Cross-Sectional Studies
willingness to pay
weighting
End of life
End of Life
Population
Surveys and Questionnaires
Quality-adjusted life years
human being
evidence

Keywords

  • health economics
  • end of life treatments
  • person trade off
  • willingness to pay (WTP)

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Pinto Prades, J. L., Sánchez-Martínez, F-I., Corbacho, B., & Baker, R. (2014). Valuing QALYS at the end of life. Social Science and Medicine, 113, 5-14. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2014.04.039
Pinto Prades, Jose Luis ; Sánchez-Martínez, Fernando-Ignacio ; Corbacho, Belen ; Baker, Rachel. / Valuing QALYS at the end of life. In: Social Science and Medicine. 2014 ; Vol. 113. pp. 5-14.
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Valuing QALYS at the end of life. / Pinto Prades, Jose Luis; Sánchez-Martínez, Fernando-Ignacio; Corbacho, Belen; Baker, Rachel.

In: Social Science and Medicine, Vol. 113, 2014, p. 5-14.

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