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disability would be almost as bad as dying for a young child. Maybe you think that two cases of moderate to severe disability are equal to one death. Then you would write the number “2” in the space next to category E in column 1.

Or maybe you think that children can adapt well to severe disability, and therefore, disability is not as bad as death for a child. You would then be willing to accept a larger number of cases (maybe 25 or more) as equal in value to one death. In that case, you would put a “25” or larger number in the space next to category E in column 1 (see Example 2).

EXAMPLE 2: This means 25 cases of moderate to severe chronic disability are as bad as 1 death.

In contrast, you might think that severe disability for a young child is worse than death. You might think that 2 deaths are better than 1 case of severe disability. In that case, you consider 0.5 cases of severe disability equal to 1 death (see Example 3).

Categories D through G can be completed in this manner. All refer to different types of chronic illnesses, and therefore you can balance the number of cases for each category with the death of one child.

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