A quality-of-life method for estimating the value of avoided morbidity

Am J Public Health. 1992 Nov;82(11):1553-5. doi: 10.2105/ajph.82.11.1553.


We developed a quality-of-life method for valuing changes in health status. Our model determines changes in health attributes for different illnesses and then estimates the dollar value of the corresponding welfare losses. We used our quality-of-life approach to estimate willingness to pay to avoid asthma, a headache, a cough, bronchitis, and arthritis. Estimates derived using our method are similar to those obtained from more expensive and restrictive traditional methods.

MeSH terms

  • Economics
  • Humans
  • Models, Theoretical*
  • Morbidity*
  • Quality of Life*