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Valuing health at the end of life: A review of stated preference studies in the social sciences literature

Koonal Shah (), Aki Tsuchiya () and Allan J. Wailoo

Social Science & Medicine, 2018, vol. 204, issue C, 39-50

Abstract: A source of debate in the health care priority setting literature is whether to weight health gains to account for equity considerations, such as concern for those with very short life expectancy. This paper reviews the empirical evidence in the published social sciences literature relevant to the following research question: do members of the public wish to place greater weight on a unit of health gain for end-of-life patients than on that for other types of patients? An electronic search of the Social Sciences Citation Index for articles published until October 2017 was conducted, with follow-up of references to obtain additional data. Hierarchical criteria were applied to select empirical studies reporting stated preferences relating to hypothetical health care priority setting contexts.

Keywords: End of life; Literature review; Stated preferences; Public preferences; Societal preferences; Priority setting; Health economics; NICE (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2018.03.010

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