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Care at the End of Life

An Economic Perspective

  • Jeff Round

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Introduction

  3. Methodological Challenges in Researching Patients at the End of Life

  4. Measuring and Valuing Outcomes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 87-87
    2. Joanna Coast, Cara Bailey, Alastair Canaway, Philip Kinghorn
      Pages 89-101
    3. Christopher J. Sampson
      Pages 103-122
    4. Christopher McCabe, Mike Paulden, James O’Mahony, Richard Edlin, Anthony Culyer
      Pages 123-139
    5. Rohan Deogaonkar, Rachel Baker, Helen Mason, Neil McHugh, Marissa Collins
      Pages 141-152
  5. End of Life Care and Society

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 153-153
    2. Claire Hulme, Fiona Carmichael, David Meads
      Pages 167-176

About this book


​This work carefully guides the reader through the methodological, policy and ethical challenges facing health economists conducting research in palliative care. It has collected the opinions of many cutting-edge researchers. Those who design and conduct economic evaluations or economics-related research in end of life populations will find this book thought provoking, instructive and informative.

The provision of care to individuals with disorders associated with advancing age, such as cancer and dementia, is an increasing concern amongst policy makers and providers of health and social care. Accordingly, the burden on state and private funders in providing care to patients with these complex illnesses is of growing importance to health economists. However, answering the questions raised by the research community on end of life and palliative care health economics has received little attention. The authors shed light on many questions including: Are economic evaluation methods fit for purpose in patients at the end of life? What is the best way to measure and value health outcomes in this population? What are the appropriate societal rules to govern resource allocation for people at the end of life? Are these people more or less deserving of resources than other patients? Does age matter? How can we define a good death for the purposes of resource allocation decision making? What ethics govern research in end of life patients?


Ageism Cancer Dementia End of Life Care Ethics Health Economics Health policy Outcomes valuation Palliative Care Patient Preferences QALY Study design

Editors and affiliations

  • Jeff Round
    • 1
  1. 1.UCL Comprehensive Clinical Trials UnitPrincipal Research AssociateLondonUnited Kingdom

About the editors

Jeff Round is a health economist in the School of Social and Community Medicine at the University of Bristol. From 2010, when he first joined the Marie Curie Palliative Care Research Unit at University College London, his primary research interests have been in the economics of end of life and palliative care. He has published on a range of topics relating to the economics of end of life care, including the costs of caring for people at the end of life, economic evaluations of complex interventions and the most appropriate methods for the measurement and valuation of outcomes. He is also interested in the role of informal caregivers at the end of life, which is the focus of PhD research. His work in this area is focused on the impact of care giving on the economic and labour market outcomes of caregivers as well as on their health and well being.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Care at the End of Life
  • Book Subtitle An Economic Perspective
  • Editors Jeff Round
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Adis, Cham
  • eBook Packages Economics and Finance Economics and Finance (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-28266-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-80311-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-28267-1
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIII, 205
  • Number of Illustrations 6 b/w illustrations, 11 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Health Economics
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