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Table 1 Schematic description of the key criteria to be considered in priority setting.

From: Priority setting in primary health care - dilemmas and opportunities: a focus group study

Severity of the health condition Patient benefit Cost-effectiveness of the intervention
Current health condition Effects on current health condition Direct costs
- suffering - suffering - health service interventions,
- functional impairment - functional impairment - other measures, e.g. travel
- quality of life - quality of life  
Risk of Effects on risk Indirect costs
- premature death - premature death  
- disability/continued suffering - disability/continued suffering  
- lower quality of life - lower quality of life  
  Risk of side effects and severe complications from intervention
... in relation to the benefit of the intervention