Identifying Objects of Value at the End of Life

  • Christopher J. SampsonEmail author


End-of-life care has a number of characteristics that make economic evaluation particularly challenging. These include proximity to death, the improbability of survival gain, individuals’ changing priorities, declining cognition and effects on close persons. In view of these particularities of end-of-life care, some researchers have determined that current ‘extra-welfarist’ approaches to defining do not adequately reflect well-being. As a result, suggestions are being made that would see the QALY approach either replaced or subject to significant redefinition. The purported goal of adopting alternative evaluation approaches is to extend the evaluative space ‘beyond’. The purpose of this chapter is to guide the definition of what should be included in the evaluative space in end-of-life care.


Economic Evaluation Descriptive System Capability Approach Good Death Valuation Process 
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Thanks to Alastair Canaway, Matthew Franklin, David Parkin and Jeff Round for valuable and timely discussion of the issues raised in this chapter and for comments provided on an earlier version. All views, errors and omissions are my own.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Rehabilitation and Ageing, School of Medicine, Queen’s Medical CentreUniversity of NottinghamNottinghamUK

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