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. Within the Methods of Benefit Valuation theme we focus on Person-centred care.

The Methods of Benefit Valuation theme contributes to, and helped found, the Scottish Stated Preference Network (SSPN).