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Anthony Culyer
Emeritus Professor of Economics  |  United Kingdom
What is a QALY?

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Yot Teerawattananon

Senior Researcher  |  Thailand  |   Replied: 30 Nov 2017 at 13:16
QALY is a common outcome measure using in cost-utility analysis. It reflects the state of health of a person or population in which the benefits, in terms of length of life, are adjusted to reflect the quality of life. One QALY is equal to 1 year of life in perfect health (i.e. the best health status that one can imagine).

Detail information about how to calculate QALYs gained from a given health intervention is available in this GEAR website. You can find it by going to this webpage http://www.gear4health.com/gear/mind-map/5 and then click on ‘Find data for estimating QALYs’. The explanation will be available below the webpage.

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