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The value of a statistical life for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest victims
Örebro University, Swedish Business School at Örebro University.
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Abstract [en]

Objective: Economic evaluation of policies regarding out-of-hospital cardiac  arrest (OHCA) is important. We therefore estimates the value of a statistical life (VSL) for OHCA victims.Method:Responses to a national Swedish mail survey in 2007, based on  the stated-preference technique (contingent valuation) to directly elicit individuals’ hypothetical willingness to pay for a reduced risk of dying from OHCA.Results: VSL values are found to be higher than for comparable VSL estimates from the transport sector. A lower-bound estimate of VSL for OHCA would be in range of SEK 20 to 30 million.Conclusions: The results in this paper indicate that it is not an overestimation to use the ‘baseline’ VSL value from the transport sector (SEK 22 million) in cost-benefit analysis of OHCA policy decisions. We do not support a declining VSL with age, i.e. a ‘senior death discount’, for this cause of death.

Keywords [en]
Cost-benefit analysis, Willingness to pay, Contingent valuation, Value of a statistical life, Cardiac arrest
National Category
Economics Social Sciences
Research subject
Economics
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-12604OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-12604DiVA, id: diva2:372849
Available from: 2010-12-01 Created: 2010-11-29 Last updated: 2017-10-17Bibliographically approved
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1. Economic evaluation, value of life, stated preference methodology and determinants of risks
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Abstract [en]

The first paper examines the value of a statistical life (VSL) for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) victims. We found VSL values to be higher for OHCA victims than for people who die in road traffic accidents and a lower-bound estimate of VSL for OHCA would be in the range of 20 to 30 million Swedish crowns (SEK).

The second paper concerns hypothetical bias in contingent valuation (CV) studies. We investigate the link between the determinants and empirical treatment of uncertainty through certainty calibration and find that the higher the confidence of the respondents the more we can trust that stated WTP is correlated to actual WTP.

The third paper investigates the performance of two communication aids (a flexible community analogy and an array of dots) in valuing mortality risk reductions for OHCA. The results do not support the prediction of expected utility theory, i.e. that WTP for a mortality risk reduction increases with the amount of risk reduction (weak scope sensitivity), for any of the communication aids.

The fourth paper presents a cost-benefit analysis to evaluate the effects of dual dispatch defibrillation by ambulance and fire services in the County of Stockholm. The intervention had positive economic effects, yielding a benefit-cost ratio of 36, a cost per quality-adjusted life-year (QALY) of € 13 000 and the cost per saved life was € 60 000.

The fifth paper explores how different response times from OHCA to defibrillation affect patients’ survival rates by using geographic information systems (GIS). The model predicted a baseline survival rate of 3.9% and reducing the ambulance response time by 1 minute increased survival to 4.6%.

The sixth paper analyzes demographic determinants of incident experience and risk perception, and the relationship between the two, for eight different risk domains. Males and highly educated respondents perceive their risks lower than what is expected compared to actual incident experience.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Örebro: Örebro university, 2010. p. 46
Series
Örebro Studies in Economics, ISSN 1651-8896 ; 21
Keywords
Cost-benefit analysis, value of a statistical life, contingent valuation, cardiac arrest, defibrillation, calibration, sensitivity to scope, risk communication, response times, incident experience, risk perception.
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Social Sciences Economics
Research subject
Economics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-12557 (URN)978-91-7668-775-8 (ISBN)
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2011-01-14, Hörsal Musik, Örebro universitet, Fakultetsgatan 1, Örebro, 13:15
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