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Cost–utility analysis and otolaryngology

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  10 February 2014

D Hamilton
Affiliation:
Northern Deanery, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
C Hulme
Affiliation:
Academic Unit of Health Economics, University of Leeds, UK
L Flood
Affiliation:
Department of Otolaryngology, James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough, UK
S Powell
Affiliation:
Department of Otolaryngology, Freeman Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
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Abstract

As providers of health care, we face increasing demand on our limited, indeed diminishing, resources. Economic appraisal of our interventions means assessing the trade-off between effectiveness, efficiency and equity. When rationing becomes inevitable, calculation of utility values is a valuable decision-making tool. This paper reviews objective measures of patient benefit, such as quality of life, and focuses on their application within otolaryngology.

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Copyright © JLO (1984) Limited 2014 

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