"Death" and the valuation of health-related quality of life.

@article{Macran2001DeathAT,
  title={"Death" and the valuation of health-related quality of life.},
  author={Susan Macran and Paul Kind},
  journal={Medical care},
  year={2001},
  volume={39 3},
  pages={217-27}
}
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Despite evidence to the contrary, a common assumption in the area of health status measurement is that the state "dead" is the worst possible health state and by definition should be assigned a value of 0. However, the value of the state "dead" and the notion of states worse than "dead" have never been fully addressed as a research topic. This article demonstrates the extent of the variation in the value given to the state "dead" by individuals and the effects of… CONTINUE READING