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Type: Journal article
Title: To evaluate versus to know the value of everything
Author: Hofmann, B.
Saarni, S.
Braunack-Mayer, A.
van der Wilt, G.
Citation: International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care, 2012; 28(2):196-197
Publisher: Cambridge Univ Press
Issue Date: 2012
ISSN: 0266-4623
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Bjørn Hofmann, Samuli I. Saarni, Annette Braunack-Mayer and Gert Jan van der Wilt
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.
Rights: © Cambridge University Press 2012
RMID: 0020118785
DOI: 10.1017/S0266462312000165
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