Weighting and valuing quality adjusted life years: preliminary results from the social value of a QALY project

Rachel M. Baker, Ian Bateman, Cam Donaldson, Michael Jones-Lee, Emily Lancsar, Graham Loomes, Helen Mason, Maria Odejar

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Abstract

Since the inception of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) there have been questions about whether quality adjusted life years (QALYs) gained by different beneficiaries of health care should be weighted equally and the feasibility of estimating a monetary value of a QALY. The studies reported in this document, had three aims:
• to identify characteristics of beneficiaries of health care over which relative weights should be derived;
• to estimate relative weights to be attached to health gains according to characteristics of recipients of these gains; and
• to assess the feasibility of estimating a willingness-to-pay-based value of a QALY.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-162
Number of pages162
JournalHealth Technology Assessment
Volume14
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2010

Keywords

  • QALY
  • health care
  • health economics
  • quality adjusted life years

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