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Essays on healthcare priority setting for population health

Airoldi, Mara (2014) Essays on healthcare priority setting for population health. PhD thesis, London School of Economics and Political Science.

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Healthcare priority setting is a major concern in most countries because healthcare represents a large and increasing public expenditure. Yet, there is not well established procedure that is consistently used to support those responsible for priority setting decisions. This dissertation consists of a review of the literature and five independent essays on healthcare priority setting, focusing on the value of formal analysis to support local healthcare planners in allocating a fixed budget. This dissertation makes both an intellectual and a practical contribution. The intellectual contribution is a synthesis of both economics and decision analysis insights. The review of the literature shows that tools grounded in health economics currently fail to contribute to local healthcare priority setting decisions because they are not practical. At the same time, tools grounded in (multi-criteria) decision analysis fail to incorporate the methodological advances of health economics and are hence theoretically weak. My thesis contributes to closing this gap. The practical contribution is that I design, and test the value of, a process and of particular value functions that can be used by local healthcare planners within their limited resources.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Additional Information: © 2014 Mara Airoldi
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Sets: Departments > Management
Supervisor: Bevan, Gwyn and Morton, Alec

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