Measuring preferences for health states worse than death.

  title={Measuring preferences for health states worse than death.},
  author={Donald L Patrick and Helene Starks and Kevin C. Cain and R F Uhlmann and Robert Allan Pearlman},
  journal={Medical decision making : an international journal of the Society for Medical Decision Making},
  volume={14 1},
Previous research indicates that persons assigning values to ranges of health states consider some states to be worse than death. In a study of decisions regarding life-sustaining treatments, the authors adapted and assessed existing methods for their ability to identify and quantify preferences for health states near to or worse than death in a population of well adults and nursing home residents. The cognitive burdens involved in these decisions were also evaluated. Hypothetical health states… CONTINUE READING

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