- ⁃Previous research conjectures that misconceptions about ill-health’s consequences for quality of life (QOL) may affect evaluations of health states by the general population.
- ⁃We found that people who were given information on the QOL consequences of experiencing each health state evaluated, reported a higher relative preference for avoiding living with moderate anxiety / depression.
- ⁃Our results show that providing information about QOL consequences of health states affects preferences, so policymakers may wish to consider supplementing existing QALY outcome measures with QALYs computed using general population preferences that are informed about the QOL consequences of health states.
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Precis: QALYs can incorporate what it is like to live in ill-health by providing participants in health valuation studies with information on patients’ subjective well-being.
Concept and design: Murphy, Boyce, Dolan, Brown, Wood
Acquisition of data: Murphy
Analysis and interpretation of data: Murphy, Brown, Wood
Drafting of the manuscript: Murphy, Dolan, Wood
Critical revision of the paper for important intellectual content: Dolan, Brown, Wood
Statistical analysis: Murphy
Provision of study materials or patients: Murphy
Obtaining funding: Murphy, Wood
Supervision: Boyce, Wood
Other: Boyce, (critical feedback)
Conflict of Interest Disclosures: Dr. Murphy reported receiving grants from Scottish Institute for Research in Economics, during the conduct of the study; this study is part of the doctoral dissertation of Robert P. Murphy, whose doctoral dissertation received funding from and was undertaken when an employee of the Department of Health, Dublin, Ireland. The earlier mentioned funding body and the Department of Health did not have any role in the conduct of the research and the publication of study results was not contingent on either organization’s approval or censorship of the manuscript. Dr. Brown reported receiving grants from European Research Council (ERC), during the conduct of the study. No other disclosures were reported.
Funding/Support: This study is part of the doctoral dissertation of Robert P. Murphy, whose doctoral dissertation received funding from and was undertaken when an employee of the Department of Health, Dublin, Ireland. This research was supported in part by grants (55116) from the Scottish Institute for Research in Economics and the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No 788826).
Role of Funder/Sponsor: The funding body and the Department of Health did not have any role in the conduct of the research and publication of study results was not contingent on either organisation’s approval or censorship of the manuscript.
Trial registration: AsPredicted.org Identifier #6459. There are no conflicts of interest.
Acknowledgment: The authors would like to acknowledge the comments of two anonymous peer viewers.