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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.

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Doctoral student at Department of Epidemiology and Global Health
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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.