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Public preferences for prioritizing preventive and curative health care interventions : a discrete choice experiment
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Background: Setting fair health care priorities counts among the most difficult ethical challenges our societies are facing. Objective To elicit through a discrete choice experiment the Belgian adult populations (1875 years; N = 750) preferences for prioritizing health care and investigate whether these preferences are different for prevention versus cure. Methods: We used a Bayesian D-efficient design with partial profiles, which enables considering a large number of attributes and interaction effects. We included the following attributes: 1) type of intervention (cure vs. prevention), 2) effectiveness, 3) risk of adverse effects, 4) severity of illness, 5) link between the illness and patients health-related lifestyle, 6) time span between intervention and effect, and 7) patients age group. Results: All attributes were statistically significant contributors to the social value of a health care program, with patients lifestyle and age being the most influential ones. Interaction effects were found, showing that prevention was preferred to cure for disease in young adults, as well as for severe and lethal disease in people of any age. However, substantial differences were found in the preferences of respondents from different age groups, with different lifestyles and different health states. Conclusions: Our study suggests that according to the Belgian public, contextual factors of health gains such as patients age and health-related lifestyle should be considered in priority setting decisions. The studies, however, revealed substantial disagreement in opinion between different population subgroups.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Value in health. - Oxford
Publication
Oxford : 2015
ISSN
1098-3015
Volume/pages
18:2(2015), p. 224-233
ISI
000351115300013
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UAntwerpen
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Last edited 17.06.2017
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