INFORMING THE GENERAL PUBLIC ON WHAT IT IS LIKE TO LIVE WITH A DISEASE
Vancouver, Canada – Policy-makers use the general public's values of life in an impaired health state when allocating resources; however, a recent review found little evidence of effort to ensure that these respondents actually understand the health states they are evaluating.
The problem is that the general public may not understand what it is like to live with a disease. Therefore, there is a need to investigate what techniques are currently being used to inform the general public.
A recent article, “Elicitation of informed general population health state utility values: A review of the literature”, published in Value in Health, summarizes previous studies that have used various methods to inform the general public about the states they are valuing. The study was authored by Helen McTaggart-Cowan, while at the University of Sheffield’s School of Health and Related Research.
This review article can be found in Value in Health, the official journal of the International Society of Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research.
Says Dr. McTaggart-Cowan, “the results from this review indicate that only a limited number of studies have attempted to inform the general population prior to their valuing different health states. This raises concerns that the health state values that are currently used to guide health care resource allocation decisions may not represent the general populations’ preferences for health states. More work is needed to provide guidance on how to develop informed general population values to ensure efficient health care allocation decisions are being made.”
Value in Health (ISSN 1098-3015) publishes papers, concepts, and ideas that advance the field of pharmacoeconomics and outcomes research and help health care leaders to make decisions that are solidly evidence-based. The journal is published bi-monthly and has a regular readership of over 5,500 clinicians, decision-makers, and researchers worldwide.
ISPOR is a nonprofit, international organization that strives to translate pharmacoeconomics and outcomes research into practice to ensure that society allocates scarce health care resources wisely, fairly, and efficiently.
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