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Table 1 Interview Structure for the Three Experimental Groups

From: Trading people versus trading time: What is the difference?

Elicitation Save-Save Group Cure-Save Life Group Cure-Cure Group
TTO Paraplegia v. Perfect Health Paraplegia v. Perfect Health Leg Pain v. Severe Shortness of Breath
PTO 2 Distractor PTOs 1 Distractor PTO 1 Distractor PTO
  Cure life-threatening infection in previously healthy patients v. patients with paraplegia Cure life-threatening infection v. Cure SCI1 Leg Pain v. Severe Shortness of Breath
Comparison & Reflection Questions You have answered two different types of questions in this interview. Health policy experts use both types of questions to research people's opinions about treating illness and disability. Now I want to show you how your answers might be interpreted. I especially want to know what you think about these interpretations
  In the first part of our interview, we compared Mr./Mrs. Adams and Mr./Mrs. Brown in a type of question called the Time Trade-Off. You said that if Mr./Mrs. Brown lived <indifference point> years in perfect health, that he/she would be no better or worse off than Mr./Mrs. Adams, who lived 50 years with <condition> A policy expert would interpret that you think one year of perfect health is about the same as <computed ratio> years with paraplegia. In other words, you think paraplegia is <computed ratio> times worse than perfect health. What do you think about this interpretation?
  Later in the interview, you made a choice between curing some people of <condition1> or curing other people of <condition2> in a type of question called the Person Trade-Off. Based on your answer to the Time Trade-Off question, a policy expert might assume you would say that <predicted PTO> people would have to be cured of <condition2> to make that choice as good as curing 100 people of <condition1>. Your actual answer was <PTO indifference point>.
  Which number do you think is a better reflection of your thoughts: the number you actually gave for the person tradeoff or the one that was predicted based on your time tradeoff answer?
  Do the time tradeoff and person tradeoff questions make you think about different issues?
  1. 1SCI = Spinal Cord Injury