Tuesday, 5 April 2016

one plus one does not always equal two

I don’t know enough about the specific case here to make a judgement, but this line leapt out at me:
as judged by QALYs, stopping 5400 people from getting a short viral illness from which all recover is more worthwhile than stopping one 3-month-old dying
[QALY = quality-adjusted life years]

So, if QALYs can’t simply be summed, how should they be combined to make a judgement?

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