Quality of life and utility measures: clinical parameters for decision-making in health

Quality of life and utility measures: clinical parameters for decision-making in health

Author Campolina, Alessandro Gonçalves Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Ciconelli, Rozana Mesquita Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Institution Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP)
Abstract In recent decades, the international scientific community has become increasingly interested in the concept of quality of life. One of the most important implications of the focus on quality of life is a shift from cure to a guarantee of a better life as a health care goal, as well as the inclusion of individuals' preferences for certain health states in the decision-making process associated with treatments, diagnostic strategies, and health spending. This is especially important as the prevalence of chronic diseases increases as a result of the aging of the population. This piece describes the main concepts and applications related to this new health paradigm, including quality of life itself, utility measures, quality-adjusted life years (QALYs), and health decision analysis.
Keywords costs and cost analysis
patient satisfaction
decision support techniques
Language Spanish
Date 2006-02-01
Published in Revista Panamericana de Salud Publica-pan American Journal of Public Health. Washington: Pan American Health Organization, v. 19, n. 2, p. 128-136, 2006.
ISSN 1020-4989 (Sherpa/Romeo, impact factor)
Publisher Pan American Health Organization
Extent 128-136
Origin http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1020-49892006000200013
Access rights Open access Open Access
Type Article
Web of Science ID WOS:000236309800008
SciELO ID S1020-49892006000200013 (statistics in SciELO)
URI http://repositorio.unifesp.br/handle/11600/28714

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