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Health Status Index Models: A Unified Mathematical View

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  • George W. Torrance

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A general mathematical formulation of the health status index model is developed. Equations are given for three types of population health indexes and for the determination of the amount of health improvement created by a health care program. Fourteen of the major health status index models from the literature are analyzed, and it is shown that each can be viewed as a special case of the general formulation. It is hoped that the paper will help to unify the health status index concept, will serve to standardize terminology and notation, and will facilitate comparisons of the various models.

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  • George W. Torrance, 1976. "Health Status Index Models: A Unified Mathematical View," Management Science, INFORMS, vol. 22(9), pages 990-1001, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:inm:ormnsc:v:22:y:1976:i:9:p:990-1001
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    1. Anand, Paul, 2003. "The integration of claims to health-care: a programming approach," Journal of Health Economics, Elsevier, vol. 22(5), pages 731-745, September.
    2. Hougaard, Jens Leth & Moreno-Ternero, Juan D. & Østerdal, Lars Peter, 2013. "A new axiomatic approach to the evaluation of population health," Journal of Health Economics, Elsevier, vol. 32(3), pages 515-523.
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    4. Moreno-Ternero, Juan D. & Østerdal, Lars Peter, 2014. "Normative foundations for equity-sensitive population health evaluation functions," COHERE Working Paper 2014:1, University of Southern Denmark, COHERE - Centre of Health Economics Research.
    5. Linda N. Edwards & Michael Grossman, 1978. "Children's Health and the Family," NBER Working Papers 0256, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    6. Linda N. Edwards & Michael Grossman, 1979. "Income and Race Differences in Children's Health," NBER Working Papers 0308, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    7. Bengt Liljas & Göran S. Karlsson & Nils-Olov Stålhammar, 2008. "On future non-medical costs in economic evaluations," Health Economics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 17(5), pages 579-591.

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