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  • International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care, Volume 28, Issue 2
  • April 2012, pp. 196-197

TO EVALUATE VERSUS TO KNOW THE VALUE OF EVERYTHING

  • Bjørn Hofmann (a1), Samuli I. Saarni (a2), Annette Braunack-Mayer (a3) and Gert Jan van der Wilt (a4)
  • DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0266462312000165
  • Published online: 13 April 2012
Abstract

Kathrin Dengler and Uta Bittner demand a full-fledged philosophy of values in our empirical study of various methods for ethical analysis in health technology assessment (HTA). This may be like putting the classification of disease on hold until the concept of disease is clarified, or postponing the development of health care until the term “health” is clarified. As Dengler and Bittner rightly point out, the term value has many meanings, and as they properly recognize: “[P]hilosophically, the definition of what is meant by ‘a good life’ or ‘well-being’ is a very challenging project.” Hence, it may be a bit over the top to crave that we solve eternal issues in an empirical article on methodology.

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1.B Hofmann . On value-judgements and ethics in health technology assessment. Poiesis Prax. 2005;3:277295.

2.B Hofmann . The concept of disease-vague, complex, or just indefinable? Med Health Care Philos. 2010;13:310.

5.S Saarni , B Hofmann , K Lampe , Ethical analysis to improve decision-making on health technologies. Bull World Health Organ. 2008;86:617623.

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International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care
  • ISSN: 0266-4623
  • EISSN: 1471-6348
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