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WHAT IS THE IMPACT OF ADDING EXTRA HEALTH DIMENSIONS TO THE EQ-5D?

Oxford, UK  –  Generic preference-based measures of health are commonly used to evaluate the impact of diseases and their treatments on overall health related quality of life by weighting their dimensions using people’s value judgements. However, these measures, including the

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Meta-Analysis Is Not Appropriate for Burden of Disease Estimates

Brisbane, Australia – In burden of disease studies, decisions about the pooling of estimates, such as prevalence across countries, are largely made using conventional meta-analysis models. However, when there is true diversity and dissimilarity of effects, meta-analysis is not recommended. If

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Risk Sharing To Fund Innovative Health Care Technologies: Lessons From The Airline Industry

Edmonton, AB, Canada – The evidence for innovative health technologies is, by definition, highly uncertain and their acquisition costs are frequently an order of magnitude greater than the technologies they replace. Health care payers struggle to manage the budget impact of

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Estimation Of Potential Gain In Quality Of Life From Early Detection Of Cervical Cancer

Tainan, Taiwan – Each year, about 528,000 new cases of cervical cancer are reported worldwide. In Taiwan, a screening program exists for early detection, which can save life-years for those individuals who are affected, but the effect on quality of life still

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Linking Profile To Preference-Based Measures – Don’t Regress

Aberdeen, UK & Los Angeles, CA, USA – Health-related quality of life measures can provide useful information to decision makers involved in health care resource allocation.  These decision makers are concerned with the planning of health care services and are often interested

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Evaluating Diagnostic Strategies Involving Multiple Tests

Leicester, UK – It is essential that the relationships between diagnostic tests are understood in order to ensure the most effective diagnoses of diseases, as they rarely perform independently. To date, both clinical and economic evaluations of combinations of diagnostic tests

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Bayesian Methods Can Help To Bring Science Closer To Policy

Nijmegen, The Netherlands – A gap often exists between the questions that policy-makers face and the answers that science provides. Typically, science offers bits and pieces of information that are, at best, partially relevant to the policy problem under consideration.

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