Thursday 1 March 2018, 2.00PM3.15pm

Speaker(s): Professor Rachel Baker, Glasgow Caledonian University

Abstract: There are legitimate arguments for taking account of public values in health care priority setting. One approach is to elicit societal preferences between different treatment provision options, or to examine societal viewpoints in relation to the principles or practices of priority setting but there is little guidance on what to do when findings indicate substantial disagreement.

Drawing on a body of empirical research, and focussing specifically on work funded by the MRC Methodology Panel to investigate societal viewpoints on the subject of NHS provision of life-extending technologies for terminally ill patients, Rachel will illustrate plurality in societal perspectives and discuss implications. Assuming that ‘the public’ will almost always present a number of competing perspectives – both in terms of allegiances with different high-level principles and with respect to specific priority setting questions – how should researchers and policy makers respond?   

Rachel will raise questions for future research in relation to plurality in societal values and investigating consistency, coherence and consensus.    

Location: ARRC Auditorium A/RC/014

Who to contact

For more information on these seminars, contact:

Maria Jose Aragon
Jessica Ochalek

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