Healthy year equivalents versus quality-adjusted life years: the debate continues.

@article{Towers2005HealthyYE,
  title={Healthy year equivalents versus quality-adjusted life years: the debate continues.},
  author={Isabel Towers and Anne Spencer and John Brazier},
  journal={Expert review of pharmacoeconomics & outcomes research},
  year={2005},
  volume={5 3},
  pages={245-54}
}
The quality-adjusted life year makes a number of restrictive assumptions about the nature of one's preference over health. The healthy year equivalent was originally proposed over 10 years ago as a major theoretic advance on the quality-adjusted life year. This article reviews the theoretic, empiric and normative bases for the healthy year equivalent and quality-adjusted life year approaches to valuing health profiles that vary over time. Although critics have argued that the two-stage… CONTINUE READING

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