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NICE developing new ways to measure quality of life across health and social care

 

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NICE developing new ways to measure quality of life across health and social care

NICE is taking part in a project that will examine how quality of life measures used to evaluate healthcare treatments such as drugs can be extended into areas of social care and public health.

The “extending the QALY” project, is being led by the University of Sheffield, with collaborators from the University of Kent, the Office of Health Economics and the EuroQol Research Foundation.

When NICE looks at the cost effectiveness of a healthcare intervention such as a new drug or diagnostic, the benefit of the intervention is measured in terms of how many quality-adjusted life years (QALYs) it provides. The adjustment is based on a measurement of health-related aspects of quality of life.