Measuring Preferences for Health States

Diana B. Petitti

in Meta-Analysis, Decision Analysis, and Cost-Effectiveness Analysis

Second edition

Published in print November 1999 | ISBN: 9780195133646
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199863761 | DOI:

Series: Monographs in Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Measuring Preferences for Health States

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This chapter discusses the concept of utility as it is applied in decision analysis and cost analysis. It introduces quality-adjusted life years (QALYs) as an outcome metric that is commonly used in decision and cost-effectiveness analysis. The standard gamble, time-trade-off, and rating scale methods are described as methods for measuring preferences for health states. The chapter also describes the use of generic measures of health-related quality of life as they are used in utility and cost-utility analysis.

Keywords: utility; quality-adjusted life years; QALY; time-tradeoff; standard gamble; generic measures of health status

Chapter.  5448 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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