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October 15, 1982

Values and Long-Term Care

Author Affiliations

Miami Jewish Home & Hospital for the Aged Miami

JAMA. 1982;248(15):1910-1911. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330150084041

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Values and Long-Term Care is an edited collection of papers presented to a conference convened jointly in December 1980 by the University of California at Los Angeles and the Rand Corporation to explore the potential contribution of economic and psychometric analyses to decisions in long-term care. Difficulties in translating inexact but useful acute care formulations into meaningful tools for long-term care planners are thoroughly explored. The focus of inquiry deals with the public's willingness to pay for care rather than identifying and defining the elements of "good" long-term care.

For most medical practitioners, the word science implies the study of "what actually is and how and why it works," while the word value is usually reserved for concerns with what ought to be. But the values referred to in the title of this book deal with the science of economic trade-offs, not with medical, professional, or ethical options in care.