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Weighting and valuing quality adjusted life years: preliminary results from the social value of a QALY project
Health Technology Assessment (2010)
  • Rachel M. Baker, Glasgow Caledonian University
  • Ian Bateman
  • Cam Donaldson, Glasgow Caledonian University
  • Michael Jones-Lee
  • Emily Lancsar
  • Graham Loomes
  • Helen Mason, Glasgow Caledonian University
  • Maria Odejar
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.

Keywords
  • QALY,
  • health economics,
  • quality adjusted life years,
  • health care
Disciplines
Publication Date
January 1, 2010
Publisher Statement

Originally published in: Health Technology Assessment (2010), 14 (27).

Citation Information
Rachel M. Baker, Ian Bateman, Cam Donaldson, Michael Jones-Lee, et al.. "Weighting and valuing quality adjusted life years: preliminary results from the social value of a QALY project" Health Technology Assessment Vol. 14 Iss. 7 (2010)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/rachel_baker/4/