Preference elicitation

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Our research develops and applies economic methods of eliciting preferences from patients and health care providers. We combine methodological research with applications to a variety of topics and settings.

Our methodological research has so far focused on using preference surveys with new groups (young children) and studies investigating the validity of hypotheses underlying preference elicitation methods (especially looking at the use of heuristics). Examples of preference surveys undertaken by THETA group members include a nationally representative study on preferences for GP.

To respond to the growing demand in health economics to use preference elicitation methods, THETA members have developed a short course on the Design and Analysis of Discrete Choice Experiments.

Key people: John Cairns, Mylene Lagarde, Alec Miners

 


KEY PROJECTS

Economic evaluation of alternative strategies for maintaining the supply of blood to the NHS

This project will include a Discrete Choice Experiment (DCE) to measure donor preferences for characteristics of the donor service and the donation experience, and a Discrete Event Simulation (DES) to model the impact of any changes on donations made by the UK’s blood donors.

Mark Pennington, Richard Grieve, John Cairns, Neil Hawkins

Collaborators: NHS Blood and Transplant

Funder: NIHR


HIV and ageing, to assess the potential role of GPs in managing HIV patient’s health care needs with a focus on quantifying patient preferences

Alec Miners

Collaborators: Sussex and Brighton Medical School

Funder: NIHR Research for Patient Benefit


Improving methods for policy evaluation via the Policy Innovation Research Unit (PIRU)

Noemi Kreif, Stephen O’Neill, Richard Grieve

Funder: UK Department of Health


SANTE – Sexual risk reduction interventions for patients attending sexual health clinics; feasibility to conduct and effectiveness trial

This study aims to design and pilot an intervention for reducing future high risk behaviour in people attending sexual health clinics for a STI test in the UK; it includes a discrete choice experiment.

Alec Miners

Collaborators: UCL

Funder: NIHR HTA grant


Longitudinal study of the job choices of a cohort of South African nurses to inform resource policy interventions

Mylene Lagarde

Collaborator: Duane Blaauw, Centre for Health Policy University of Witwatersrand

Funding: RESYST Research Programme Consortium, funded by the UK Department of International Development


An experimental investigation of the impact of individual payment mechanisms on clinicians’ behaviour

Mylene Lagarde

Collaborator: Duane Blaauw, Centre for Health Policy University of Witwatersrand

Funding: RESYST Research Programme Consortium, funded by the UK Department of International Development

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