Methods of Benefit Valuation

Theme leader: Dr Verity Watson

The aims of the research group are to develop and apply economic methods of valuing health and health care. Our work explores individuals’, patients’ and society’s values of the benefits of health and care. Research in this theme combines methodological research on stated preference methods with applications to challenging settings.

Our methodological research combines several approaches including surveys, field experiments, laboratory experiments and qualitative research methods to better understand how individuals complete stated preference tasks. The methodological research focuses on three research areas.

  1. External validity

  2. Health information processing

  3. Valuation task and context

Stated preference methods are applied to a range of research questions across all of HERU’s research themes. The 'Stated preference in HERU' page gives further details of projects using stated preference methods. Within the Methods of Benefit Valuation theme we focus on Person-centred care.

HERU researchers and PhD students involved in this work include: Dwayne BoyersNi GaoRodolfo HernandezMary Kilonzo, Luis LoriaPatrícia Norwood, Marjon van der Pol, Mandy Ryan, Emma Tassie and Verity Watson.

The Methods of Benefit Valuation theme hosts a regular Stated Preference Seminar series. The theme also contributes to, and helped found, the Scottish Stated Preference Network (SSPN).

An Archive of completed projects related to the Methods of Benefit Valuation theme is available.