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Health Economic Research Unit (HERU), University of Aberdeen and University of Calgary: Using Discrete Choice Experiments in Health Economics: An Introduction to Theory and Practical Application

February 20 - February 22


Aims of the 3-day Short Course:

  • Introduction to the theoretical basis for, and development and application of discrete choice experiments (DCEs) in health economics.
  • Hands on experience of the design of DCEs, questionnaire development, data input, analysis and interpretation.
  • An update on methodological issues raised in the application of DCEs.

Who Should Attend:

This short course is aimed at those interested in the application of DCEs in health economics and will focus on the theory practical applications of DCEs. The workshop will include group work sessions. No knowledge of economics or DCEs is assumed. Prior experience with regression analysis may be an advantage.

DCE Course Background:

 Finite public resources coupled with an increasing demand for health care means that decisions must be made about how to most efficiently allocate the scarce health care budget. Health economists have developed techniques that can provide values for health care benefits. A technique that is increasingly used for this purpose is the discrete choice experiment (DCE) method.

 DCEs are now widely applied to value health and health care. Furthermore, DCEs are a potential method to recognize the importance of patient centered care, and to value patient experiences in the delivery of health care. DCEs a also applied more widely to consider population and health care professionals’ preferences in many areas of health policy.

To see more information on the course and prelimenary agenda, please click here.


February 20
February 22
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