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What does QALY stand for?

QALY stands for Quality-Adjusted Life-Year (score)

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The new analysis calculates the ER-SPC results in quality-adjusted life-years (QALYs), a measure the researchers based on health states ranging from "death or worst imaginable health" to full health and on treatment-related complications such as urinary incontinence, bowel dysfunction, and sexual dysfunction.
In recent years, NICE has denied approval to a small number of high-cost cancer drugs, primarily on grounds that their costs greatly exceeded NICE's threshold of 30,000 [pounds sterling] per quality-adjusted life-year saved.
With 75% coverage and an assumption of complete, lifelong vaccine efficacy, routine HPV vaccination of 12-year-old girls was consistently less than $50,000 per quality-adjusted life-year (QALY) gained, compared with screening alone.