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Kaspar Meili

PhD student in health economics, working on CALYs - Capability-Adjusted Life Years. CALYs are based on Sen's capability approach and are used in the same ways as QALYs.



Works at

Doctoral student at Department of Epidemiology and Global Health
5B, Målpunkt P, Försörjningsvägen 7 B, Norrlands universitetssjukhus Epidemiologi och global hälsa, Umeå Universitet, 90185 Umeå

I work as a PhD student in the CALY project. Anna Månsdotter is my main supervisor and Jan Hjelte are my co-supervisors. The CALY project is a Swedish initiative to develop a new measure for welfare and quality-of-life targeted at economic evaluations and monitoring.

The main characteristics of CALYs are:

  • Take into account the most important areas of life - more than just health - such as personal economy, social relations...
  • Philosophically based on Amartya Sens capability approach, where welfare is defined in terms of capabilities that people have. CALYs hence respect individuals' ways of shaping their own lives.
  • Can be used in the same way as QALYs to perform economic evaluations (Cost per CALY)
  • Make it possible to compare interventions with effects in different areas - for example to compare interventions with effects in health to interventions that affect life courses

I am mainly involved with the calculation of weights for CALY.

BMC Medical Research Methodology, BioMed Central 2021, Vol. 21, (1)
Ipekci, Aziz Mert; Buitrago-Garcia, Diana; Meili, Kaspar Walter; et al.
Scandinavian Journal of Public Health
Meili, Kaspar Walter; Jonsson, Håkan; Lindholm, Lars; et al.
PLOS ONE, San Francisco: Public Library of Science 2020, Vol. 15, (12)
Månsdotter, Anna; Ekman, Björn; Meili, Kaspar Walter; et al.

Research projects

1 January 2019 until 31 December 2021