Deriving distributional weights for QALYs through discrete choice experiments.

Abstract:

:This paper presents the first attempt to use a discrete choice experiment to derive distributional weights for quality adjusted life years (QALYs), based on characteristics (age and severity) of the beneficiaries. A novel approach using the Hicksian compensating variation is applied. Advantages include derivation of weights for QALYs, not just for life or life years saved, and investigation of the impact of the size of the health gain by allowing the gain to be traded against other characteristics. Results suggest one would generally not weight QALYs, except in a small number of specific cases and in those cases the weights are relatively small. Methodological challenges are highlighted as is a future research agenda.

journal_name

J Health Econ

authors

Lancsar E,Wildman J,Donaldson C,Ryan M,Baker R

doi

10.1016/j.jhealeco.2011.01.003

subject

Has Abstract

pub_date

2011-03-01 00:00:00

pages

466-78

issue

2

eissn

0167-6296

issn

1879-1646

pii

S0167-6296(11)00009-9

journal_volume

30

pub_type

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