Estimating DALYs in cost effectiveness analysis for HIV prevention - Fern Terris-Prestholt

The methodology of estimating disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) is particularly useful for research comparing interventions across disease areas. DALYs have been been widely used in cost effectiveness analyses, for instance in work to calculate the global burden of disease.

In this Learning Lab, Fern Terris-Prestholt provides an overview of how to estimate DALYs averted based on infections averted. Her talk covers the principles of cost effectiveness, the use of DALYs for HIV cost effectiveness analysis and some of the issues involved, particularly in the context of anti-retroviral therapy (ART).

It was useful to discuss DALYs by someone who had used this method of evaluation previously and could inform the group of the most up to date resources and caveats/assumptions to be aware of when using this method.

Fern Terris-Prestholt is a Lecturer in the economics of HIV within SaME at LSHTM. She has been working on the economics of HIV prevention for over thirteen years and has a particular interest in new HIV prevention technologies, their introduction, uptake and adherence.

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