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February 6, 2002

Cost-effectiveness of Aircraft Safety Measures

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Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2002;287(5):584-585. doi:10.1001/jama.287.5.583

To the Editor: Dr Groeneveld and colleagues1 calculated cost-effectiveness ratios of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) on large-capacity aircraft to be less than $50 000 per quality-adjusted life-year (QALY). This calculation agrees with earlier estimates,2 and with use of AEDs in airline terminals.3 They also found that the cost per QALY was higher for smaller airplanes than in aircraft with large numbers of passengers.

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