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Preferences for public involvement in health service decisions:a comparison between best-worst scaling and trio-wise stated preference elicitation techniques

Citation
Erdem S & Campbell D (2017) Preferences for public involvement in health service decisions:a comparison between best-worst scaling and trio-wise stated preference elicitation techniques, The European Journal of Health Economics, 18 (9), pp. 1107-1123.

Abstract
Stated preference elicitation techniques, such as discrete choice experiments and best-worst scaling, are now widely used in health research to explore the public’s choices and preferences. In this paper, we propose an alternative stated preference elicitation technique, which we refer to as ‘trio-wise’. We explain this new technique, its relative advantages, modeling framework, and how it compares to the best-worst scaling method. To better illustrate the differences and similarities, we utilize best-worst scaling Case2, where individuals make best and worst (most and least) choices for the attribute levels that describe a single profile. We demonstrate this new preference elicitation technique using an empirical case study that explores preferences among the general public for ways to involve them in decisions concerning the health care system. Our findings show that the best-worst scaling and trio-wise preference elicitation techniques both retrieve similar preferences. However, the capability of our trio-wise method to provide additional information on the strength of rank preferences and its ability to accommodate indifferent preferences lead us to prefer it over the standard best-worst scaling technique.

Keywords
Trio-wise; Best-worst scaling; Stated preference elicitation; Public health; Public involvement

StatusPublished
AuthorsErdem Seda, Campbell Danny
Publication date12/2017
Publication date online10/12/2016
Date accepted by journal24/11/2016
PublisherSpringer
ISSN 1618-7598
LanguageEnglish

Journal
the European Journal of Health Economics: Volume 18, Issue 9

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