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Time trade-off: one methodology, different methods

Arthur Attema, Yvette Edelaar-Peeters, Matthijs Versteegh and Elly Stolk

The European Journal of Health Economics, 2013, vol. 14, issue 1, 53-64

Abstract: There is no scientific consensus on the optimal specification of the time trade-off (TTO) task. As a consequence, studies using TTO to value health states may share the core element of trading length of life for quality of life, but can differ considerably on many other elements. While this pluriformity in specifications advances the understanding of TTO from a methodological point of view, it also results in incomparable health state values. Health state values are applied in health technology assessments, and in that context comparability of information is desired. In this article, we discuss several alternative specifications of TTO presented in the literature. The defining elements of these specifications are identified as being either methodological, procedural or analytical in nature. Where possible, it is indicated how these elements affect health state values (i.e., upward or downward). Finally, a checklist for TTO studies is presented, which incorporates a list of choices to be made by researchers who wish to perform a TTO task. Such a checklist enables other researchers to align methodologies in order to enhance the comparability of health state values. Copyright The Author(s) 2013

Keywords: Time trade-off; Design; Methodology; Health state valuation; B40; I10 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2013
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DOI: 10.1007/s10198-013-0508-x

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