Title: Turning life into life expectancy: the efficiency of life-saving interventions

Authors: Niels Lind

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Abstract: A life-saving intervention, if truly it is to save life, should yield more life expectancy in good health than the amount of work time it takes to pay for it. Together with available cost-effectiveness data, this |Time Principle| permits a separation of the efficient from the inefficient options among all life-saving interventions. The majority of known options for intervention are efficient according to the Time Principle.

Keywords: efficiency; gain factors; life expectancy; life-saving interventions; time principle; risk assessment; risk management; cost effectiveness.

DOI: 10.1504/IJRAM.2007.014665

International Journal of Risk Assessment and Management, 2007 Vol.7 No.6/7, pp.884 - 894

Published online: 23 Jul 2007 *

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