Use of quality-adjusted life years for the estimation of effectiveness of health care: a systematic literature review

Räsänen P, Roine E, Sintonen H, Semberg-Konttinen V, Ryynänen O-P, Roine R P
Record ID 32006000500
English, Finnish
Original Title: Laatupainotetut elinvuodet terveydenhuollon vaikuttavuuden arvioinnissa: järjestelmällinen kirjallisuuskatsaus
Authors' objectives:

The aim of this review was to identify, in a systematic literature review, published studies having used quality-adjusted life years (QALYs) based on actual measurements of patients' health-related quality of life (HRQoL), and to determine which HRQoL instruments have been used to calculate QALYs. Furthermore, to characterise studies with regard to medical speciality, intervention studies, results obtained, quality, country of origin, QALY gain observed, and interpretation of results regarding cost-effectiveness.

Authors' recommendations: Although QALYs are considered an important measure of effectiveness of health care, the number of studies in which QALYs are based on actual measurements of patients' HRQoL is still fairly limited.
Authors' methods: Systematic review
Project Status: Completed
Year Published: 2006
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English language abstract: An English language summary is available
Publication Type: Not Assigned
Country: Finland
MeSH Terms
  • Quality-Adjusted Life Years
  • Health Services Research
  • Outcome and Process Assessment, Health Care
  • Outcome and Process Assessment (Health Care)
  • Health Services Research /methods
  • quality of life
Organisation Name: Finnish Coordinating Center for Health Technology Assessment
Contact Address: Finnish Office for Health Care Technology Assessment (Finohta)
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