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Event Date: 

Monday, October 23, 2017 - 12:00pm

Event Location: 

1345 Health Sciences Learning Center

Contact Info: 

Rosalind Bendix-Lewis,, (608) 265-0516

PHS Monday Seminar: Daniel M. Hausman, PhD, "Should Preference Surveys Measure Health?"


Generic health measurement systems such as the HUI (Health Utility Index) and the EQ-5D classify health states and then assign “quality weights” to health states. These are supposed to report the “health-related quality of life” (HRQoL) associated with the health state. HRQoL is in turn measured by a variety of preference surveys. Although the global burden of disease measurements purport to indicate the quantity or magnitude of health rather than the value of health, and they rest on comparisons of health rather than preferences, the differences from the HUI and the EQ-5D are smaller than they seem. This lecture will discuss a large number of objections to assigning values to health states by preference surveys, but it will end with a possible vindication of relying on preferences.

Health Sciences Learning Center

Supplemental Materials: 
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