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Holistic measurement is an approach to the measurement of preferences for health states or treatments in which a rater assigns values to each possible health state or treatment, where a state or treatment represents a combination of many attributes. During the assessment, the rater thus considers all the relevant attributes simultaneously.

Valuing Health States or Treatments

Basically, there are two different approaches to measuring preferences for health states, services, or treatments: the holistic and the decomposed. The decomposed approach expresses the overall value as a decomposed function of the attributes. It enables the investigator to obtain values for all health states or treatments without requiring the rater to assign values to every state or treatment; the rater is asked to value the attributes only. Holistic measurement is ...

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