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Are life-extending treatments for terminal illnesses a special case? Exploring choices and societal viewpoints

Neil McHugh, Job van Exel (), Helen Mason, Jon Godwin, Marissa Collins, Cam Donaldson and Rachel Baker

Social Science & Medicine, 2018, vol. 198, issue C, 61-69

Abstract: Criteria used by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) to assess life-extending, end-of-life (EoL) treatments imply that health gains from such treatments are valued more than other health gains. Despite claims that the policy is supported by societal values, evidence from preference elicitation studies is mixed and in-depth research has shown there are different societal viewpoints. Few studies elicit preferences for policies directly or combine different approaches to understand preferences.

Keywords: United Kingdom; End-of-life; Policy choices; Societal viewpoints; NICE; Life extension (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2017.12.019

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