Health Preference Research

This SIG provides a platform for professional interaction between health preference researchers as well as students and new investigators interested in this field. We collaborate with existing HPR groups, particularly with the International Academy of Health Preference Research (IAHPR), an established specialist group of HPR researchers. Our field is broad, extending from methodological issues regarding the experimental design and analysis of preference evidence to the application of preference evidence (e.g., quality-adjusted life years, value of a statistical life, willingness-to-pay) for regulatory, clinical and individual decision-making.

Come join our SIG:

  • To foster and support an international community of researchers whose activities support health preference research;
  • To ensure access to the accumulated research expertise of IAHPR members and to actively promote the transfer of knowledge, evidence, and technologies regarding the use, analysis, and interpretation of health preference research;
  • To support promising early-career researchers in the field of health preference research through involvement in SIG activities; and
  • To provide a visible platform to encourage cross-specialty learning and an encouraging environment to share learnings from non-health preference research into HPR.


Abstract submissions are open for the 15th IHEA World Congress, which has the theme of Diversity in Health Economics. As part of the HPR SIG, we would like to propose 2 organised sessions:

  • methodological advancements
  • novel empirical applications.

Each session will consist of 3-4 presentations with discussants. We particularly encourage research that includes more patient/user involvement as well as work led or in collaboration with researchers based in the Global South. Submissions from ECRs and PhD students are welcome.

If you would like to be involved, please submit your title and abstract (maximum 500 words) to Yan Meng ( and indicate which session it might come under by the 31st of October. The conveners will then co-ordinate submitting the organised session. Please note that if an organized session proposal is not accepted on review, papers within that session will NOT automatically be considered for acceptance as individual abstracts – so please submit your abstract separately if you wish.

Past Webinars

– Measuring the Unmeasurable: DCEs To Value Health For Cost-Utility Analysis – September 7, 2023
– Balancing Samples in Stated Preference Studies – June 5, 2023
– A Question of Morality? Preferences for Liberties, Lives and Livelihoods During a Pandemic – May 4, 2023
– Doctors Against Discrimination: A Field Experiment – November 21, 2022
Student-Athlete Preferences for Sexual Violence Reporting: A Discrete Choice Experiment – November 7, 2022
Preferences For Adjuvant Immunotherapy In Resected Stage III Melanoma – September 12, 2022
– Beyond Discrete Choice in Health: Multiple Discrete-Continuous Extreme Value (MDCEV) Models and the PCSHOP Randomized Trial of Shopping Behaviour – July 12, 2022
– Leading the Respondent: Can the Background Information and the Format of the Choice Sets Impact Responses to Discrete Choice Experiment? – May 31, 2022
– Role Preferences in Medical Decision Making – January 20, 2022
– Online elicitation of Personal Utility Functions (OPUF): A new tool for estimating health state value sets on the individual level – September 27, 2021
– An Introduction to the Construction of Discrete Choice Experiments – June 1, 2020
– Adult vs. adolescent preferences for EQ-5D-Y health states – April 5, 2019


Dr. Fern Terris-Prestholt, UK

Dr. Matthew Quaife, UK

Dr. Jason Ong, Australia

Yan Meng