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Title: Essays on healthcare priority setting for population health
Author: Airoldi, Mara
ISNI:       0000 0004 5351 7943
Awarding Body: London School of Economics and Political Science (University of London)
Current Institution: London School of Economics and Political Science (University of London)
Date of Award: 2014
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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.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: HB Economic Theory ; HD28 Management. Industrial Management ; HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology ; RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine