Eliciting public preferences for healthcare: a systematic review of techniques

Ryan M, Scott D A, Reeves C, Bate A, van Teijlingen E R, Russell E M, Napper M, Robb C M
Record ID 32001000056
Authors' objectives:

The aim was to identify techniques that could be reasonably used to elicit public views on the provision of healthcare. Hence, the objectives were:

- to identify research methods with the potential to take account of public views on the delivery of healthcare - to identify criteria for assessing these methods - to assess the methods identified according to the predefined criteria - to assess the importance of public views vis-a-vis other criteria for setting priorities, as judged by a sample of decision-makers - to make recommendations regarding the use of methods and future research.

Authors' recommendations: There is no single, best method to gain public opinion. The method must be carefully chosen and rigorously carried out in order to accommodate the question being asked. Conjoint-based methods (including ranking, rating and choice-based), willingness to pay, standard gamble and time trade-off of the quantitative techniques and one-to-one interviews, focus groups, Delphi technique and citizens juries of the qualitative methods are recommended. Likert scales, the semantic differential technique and Yuttman scales are useful quantitative techniques for eliciting attitudes and knowledge.
Authors' methods: Systematic review, survey
Project Status: Completed
URL for project: http://www.hta.ac.uk/1020
Year Published: 2001
English language abstract: An English language summary is available
Publication Type: Not Assigned
Country: England, United Kingdom
MeSH Terms
  • Health Planning
  • Patient Satisfaction
  • Public Opinion
Organisation Name: NIHR Health Technology Assessment programme
Contact Address: NIHR Journals Library, National Institute for Health and Care Research, Evaluation, Trials and Studies Coordinating Centre, Alpha House, University of Southampton Science Park, Southampton SO16 7NS, UK
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Contact Email: journals.library@nihr.ac.uk
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