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QALY

A year of life adjusted for its characteristic or its value. A year in perfect health is considered equal to 1.0 qaly. The value of a year in ill health would be discounted. For example, a year bedridden might have a value equal to 0.5 qaly. A measurement index derived from a modification of standard life-table procedures and designed to take account of the characteristic as well as the duration of survival. This index can be used in assessing the outcome of health care procedures or services.
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