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Does the value of quality of life depend on duration?

Devlin, N., Tsuchiya, A., Buckingham, K. & Tilling, C. (2009). Does the value of quality of life depend on duration? (09/07). London, UK: Department of Economics, City University London.


The aims of this study are to investigate the feasibility of eliciting Time Trade Off (TTO) valuations using short durations; to determine the effect of contrasting durations on individuals’ responses to the TTO; to examine variations within and between respondents’ values with respect to duration; and to consider the insights provided by participants’ comments and explanations regarding their reaction to duration in the valuation task. 27 participants provided TTO values using short and long durations for three EQ-5D states. Feedback was sought using a series of open ended questions. Of the 81 opportunities to observe it, strict constant proportionality was satisfied twice. 11 participants had no systematic relationship between duration and value; 11 provided consistently lower valuations in long durations, while 5 had higher valuations in long durations. Comments provided by participants were consistent with the values they provided. Mean TTO values did not differ markedly between alternative durations. We conclude that it is feasible to elicit TTO values for short durations. There is considerable heterogeneity in individuals’ responses to the time frames used to elicit values. Further research is required to ensure that the values used in cost effectiveness analysis adequately represent preferences about quality and length of life.

Publication Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Additional Information: © 2009 the authors.
Publisher Keywords: NICE, cost effectiveness, TTO, EQ-5D, constant proportionality, duration
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Departments: School of Policy & Global Affairs > Economics > Discussion Paper Series
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