• Entry
  • Reader's guide
  • Entries A-Z
  • Subject index

Medical decision making at the organizational and societal levels usually requires that health benefits be quantified in a common unit. This enables administrators or decision makers to compare and evaluate programs that address different diseases or populations. To compare very different alternatives, measures of program benefits must be comprehensive, including all possible direct effects, whether intended or not. Therefore, the current consensus is that preference- or utility-based measures of generic health-related quality of life (HRQOL) best meet these criteria. The most frequently used measures in this class include the EuroQOL 5D (EQ-5D), the Health Utilities Index measures (HUI), and the Quality of Well-Being Scale measures (QWB and QWB-SA).

The Quality of Well-Being (QWB) scale is a generic, preference-based measure of HRQOL with well-established psychometric properties in ...

  • Loading...
locked icon

Sign in to access this content

Get a 30 day FREE TRIAL

  • Watch videos from a variety of sources bringing classroom topics to life
  • Read modern, diverse business cases
  • Explore hundreds of books and reference titles