Dying Too Soon: How Cost-Effectiveness Analysis Can Save Lives

Policy Reports | Health

No. 204
Saturday, June 01, 1996
by Tammy O. Tengs

About the Author

Tammy O. Tengs is an Assistant Professor in the departments of Urban and Regional Planning and Environmental Analysis and Design in the School of Social Ecology at the University of California, Irvine, and has been an Assistant Research Professor in the Center for Health Policy at Duke University. She completed her doctorate in Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health in 1994. Before entering Harvard, she earned a master's degree in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and studied in the Engineering-Economic Systems Department at Stanford University. Dr. Tengs directed the four-year Life-Saving Priorities Project at the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis, supervising a team of 20 that amassed cost-effectiveness data for hundreds of lifesaving interventions. She is the principal author of the papers, "Five-hundred Life-saving Interventions and Their Cost-effectiveness" and "The Opportunity Costs of Haphazard Societal Investments in Life-saving." When the Wall Street Journal published an article based on the Life-Saving project in 1994, about 20 other newspapers followed suit, and since then she has received approximately 1,500 requests for these publications. Dr. Tengs is a "decision scientist." Her research interests include the rational allocation of societal resources devoted to averting premature death and the economic efficiency of investments in science.

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