Using Discrete Choice Experiments in Health Economics: Theoretical and Practical Issues

In publicly provided health systems finite resources coupled with increasing demand for health care requires decisions about what is the most efficient allocation of scarce health care trade-offs between benefits and harms of alternative health care interventions.

Given the lack of a market for health care, economic techniques provide values for health care benefits. One technique adopted by and further developed in health economics over the past decade is the discrete choice experiment (DCE) approach.

Given the increasing important put on patient centred care, and the recognised importance of valuing patient experiences in the delivery of health care, the application of DCEs in health is likely to increase.

This workshop teaches participants about how using DCEs in health can evaluate how patients value the costs, benefits and risks of health care.

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Aims of the Workshop

1. Background information about the theoretical basis for, and development and application of DCEs in health economics.

2. Hands on experience of the design of DCEs, data input, analysis and interpretation.

3. An update on methodological issues raised in the application of DCEs.

Who Should Attend

This workshop is aimed at those interested in the application of DCEs in health economics and will focus on the practical and theoretical issues raised when applying the technique. The workshop will include group work sessions. No knowledge of economics or DCEs is assumed.