PhD: Exploring the role for patients’ values in health technology assessment: a mixed methods approach

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This is a cross-theme PhD project, within Assessment of Technologies and Methods of Benefit Valuation.

This PhD will contribute to the discussion of the elicitation and valuation of patients’ values in health technology assessment (HTA). The PhD consists of three parts.

  1. Assess the role of patient group submissions on reimbursement decisions of the Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC) using econometric analysis.

  2. Use qualitative research methods to analyse existing patient group submissions to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) to derive generic themes and attributes capturing patients’ concern about new health technologies.

Following (2), collect primary data, using a DCE, to derive a broader generic measure of value to quantify the patient preferences for the new health technology.

PhD Student: Antje Tockhorn-Heidenreich

Supervisors: Mandy Ryan and Graham Scotland (HERU)


Tockhorn-Heidenriech, A., Ryan, M. and Scotland, G. (2015) 'Patient group submissions and the reimbursement decisions of the Scottish Medicines Consortium: do patients’ views matter?', 2nd European Health Economics Association (EuHEA) PhD Student - Supervisor Conference, Paris-Dauphine University, Paris, France, 2-4 September 2015.