Measuring outcomes in palliative care: limitations of QALYs and the road to PalYs.

Source: Journal of Pain and Sympton Management, 2009, 38;1, p.81-6  08853924   Follow this link for abstract.

Date of publication:  July 2009

Publication type:  Article

In a nutshell:  This article assesses the possible reasons for the paradox that arises when the most widely used measure of outcomes, the quality-adjusted life year (QALY) is employed when assessing complex interventions, such as palliative care.  Other possible approaches leading to the development of a palliative care yardstick (PalY) are explored.

Length of publication: 5 pages

Some important notes:  Please contact your local NHS Library for the full text of the article. Follow this link to find your local NHS Library

Acknowledgement:  NHS Evidence


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