Valuation of health outcomes in new mothers


Shiell, A. (University of Calgary)


There is anecdotal evidence to suggest that parents of young children are reluctant to trade off their life years in TTO exercises. Answers such as these would imply that there is little or no social benefit to be gained from alleviating their health problems though clearly the problem here is the method. A combined quantitative and qualitative approach was used on a sample of 30 new mothers. The interviews after the TTO exercise revealed that most new mothers considered the impact on their children. They were trading off their disutility of experiencing the health state, their sense of responsibility, their ability to look after their children given the health problems, and their desire to see their children grow up.


M van der Pol




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Pol, M and der. and Shiell, A. Trading places: the impact of a parental perspective on TTO responses. iHEA. Barcelona. July 2005.

Pol, M. van der. and Shiell, A. Exploring individuals' decision making in TTO: the impact of a parental perspective on responses. Health Economics and Decision Science, School of Health and Related Research. University of Sheffield. January 2005.