Measuring and Valuing Health Benefits for Economic Evaluation by John BrazierMeasuring and Valuing Health Benefits for Economic Evaluation by John Brazier

Measuring and Valuing Health Benefits for Economic Evaluation

byJohn Brazier, Julie Ratcliffe, Joshua A. Salomon

Paperback | January 22, 2007

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There are not enough resources in health care systems around the world to fund all technically feasible and potentially beneficial health care interventions. Difficult choices have to be made, and economic evaluation offers a systematic and transparent process for informing such choices. A keycomponent of economic evaluation is how to value the benefits of health care in a way that permits comparison between health care interventions. In addition, the establishment of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) and similar bodies around the world which requirecost-effectiveness evidence to be in the form of incremental cost per QALY has resulted in an explosion of theoretical and empirical work in the field. This is the first comprehensive textbook concerning the measurement and valuation of health benefits for economic evaluation, an area whichcontinues to be a major source of debate. The books addresses the key questions in the measurement and valuation of health, including: the definition of health, the techniques of valuation, who should provide the values, techniques for modelling health state values, the appropriateness of tools in children and vulnerable groups, crosscultural issues, and the problem of choosing the right instrument. The book concludes with a discussion of the way forward in light of the substantial methodological differences, the role of normative judgements, and where further research is most likely to take this fascinating component of healtheconomics.

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John Brazier's main interests are the measurement and valuation of health for economic evaluation, where he has published widely. He is perhaps best known for his work in developing a preference-based measure of health for the SF-36, but more recently has extended these methods to a number of condition specific measures. At the same ...

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Title:Measuring and Valuing Health Benefits for Economic EvaluationFormat:PaperbackDimensions:360 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.79 inPublished:January 22, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. The purpose and scope of this book2. Introduction to the measurement and valuation of health3. Foundations in welfare economics and utility theory: what should be valued?4. Describing health5. Valuing health6. Modelling health state valuation data7. Using ordinal data to estimate cardinal valuations8. Methods for obtaining health state values: generic preference-based measure of health and the alternatives9. Design and analysis of health state valuation data for trial- and model-based economic evaluations10. A QALY is a QALY is a QALY - or is it not?11. Measuring and valuing health: an international perspective12. Conclusions