Health Status and Health Policy

Health Status and Health Policy : Quality of Life in Health Care Evaluation and Resource Allocation

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This practical work provides a systematic guide to state-of-the-art development and application of health status and quality-of-life measures for health care policy and research. It explains how to allocate health resources by comparing costs and outcomes of alternative health policies to identify those with greatest benefit in relation to cost. The book outlines how to collect and organize data to calculate the cost per year of healthy life gained for competing interventions. The use of these data in a social and political decision-making process based on community values and objectives is then discussed. Valuable guidelines are presented for assessing health and quality of life in program evaluation, monitoring of health policy, clinical trials, and health services research. Each chapter contributes to the development and application of health and quality of life outcomes to the major health decisions in the 1990s, including preventing disease and promoting health, assessing the costs and benefits of technology, and improving health care access.show more

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  • Hardback | 503 pages
  • 162.56 x 241.3 x 45.72mm | 839.14g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • line drawings, tables
  • 0195050274
  • 9780195050271

Table of contents

1: Health Status and Health Decisions. 2: A Strategy for Allocating Resources to Health Care. 3: Theoretical Foundations for Health-Related Quality of Life. 4: Concepts of Health-Related Quality of Life. 5: Types of Health-Related Quality of Life Assessments. 6: Assigning Values to Health States. 7: Selecting an Instrument for Primary Data Collection. 8: Developing a Strategy for Secondary Data Analysis. 9: Estimating Prognosis and Years of Healthy Life. 10: Estimating Direct and Indirect Health Care Costs. 11: Ranking Costs and Outcomes of Health Care Alternatives. 12: Preventing Disease and Promoting Health: Goals for the Nation. 13: Improving Health-Related Quality of Life Through Technology. 14: Improving Health Care Access. 15: The Limits of Rationality in Allocating Health Resourcesshow more

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