Examining public perceptions of the value of human life at different ages in assessing costs and value of health care and preventive interventions

This project will examine whether cost-utility values vary across age groups in our population, in order to see if society values the health of children, adults and the elderly differently and to determine the implications for health policy, especially prevention. Using a survey of 500 respondents, the project will examine how risk attitudes vary when people are asked to compare the value of several health interventions for children, versus adults and the elderly. Key deliverables will include the publication of articles in medical and health-policy journals, as well as outreach activities to the media and policymakers. An additional deliverable will be a public-use dataset for inclusion in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Health and Medical Care Archive.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $299,726.00

Awarded on: 12/21/2011

Time frame: 1/1/2012 - 12/31/2013

Grant Number: 69795


Indiana University School of Medicine

Fairbanks Hall
340 West 10th Street, Suite 6200
Indianapolis, 46202-3082


Aaron Edward Carroll
Project Director