Utility and Cost-Utility Analysis

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

Utility and Cost-Utility Analysis

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Utility and cost-utility analysis seek to assess the effects of interventions on outcomes that reflect the preferences of individuals or society for a health outcome. Quality-adjusted life years (QALYs) are the metric that is used most often in utility and cost-utility analysis. This chapter starts by providing a conceptual framework for utility analysis. It then describes, step-by-step, how to do utility and cost-utility analysis. The limitations of utility and cost-utility analysis are explained.

Keywords: utility; cost-utility; quality-adjusted life years; QALY

Chapter.  4012 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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