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Conference: Applied Workshop Using Discrete Choice Experiments in Health Economics: Theoretical and Practical Issues

Finite public resources coupled with an increasing demand for health care means that decisions must be made about how to most efficiently allocate the scarce health care budget. This requires information about costs and benefits of health care. Health economists have developed techniques that can provide values for health care benefits. A technique that is increasingly used for this purpose is the discrete choice experiment (DCE) method.

DCEs are now widely applied to value health and health care. Furthermore, DCEs are a potential method to recognize the importance of patient centred care, and to value patient experiences in the delivery of health care. DCEs are also applied more widely to consider population and health care professionals’ preferences in many areas of health policy.

Aims of the Short Course

  1. Introduction to the theoretical basis for, and development and application of discrete choice experiments (DCEs) in health economics.
  2. Hands on experience of the design of DCEs, questionnaire development, data input, analysis and interpretation.
  3. An update on methodological issues raised in the application of DCEs.

Who Should Attend

This short course is aimed at those interested in the application of DCEs in health economics and will focus on the practical and theoretical issues raised when applying the technique.  The workshop will include group work sessions.  No knowledge of economics or DCEs is assumed. Prior experience with regression analysis may be an advantage.

***Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptops with trial Software versions of STATA (this can be obtained at and NGene pre-installed (NGene trial Software license info will be emailed to participants approx. 1 week before workshop).

Cancellation Policy: Conference registration is non-refundable/non-transferable…..HOWEVER, If the conference is cancelled due to an act of god or force majeure, the registration fees will be refunded less an administrative fee.

Agenda Summary:

Sunday, Feb 20th: Guests check into hotel

Day 1 -- Monday, Feb 21st:                Registration begins at 8:30am

                                                            Workshop starts at 9am Sharp

Day 2 -- Tuesday, Feb 22nd:            Workshop Continues at 9am

Day 3 -- Wednesday, Feb 23rd:       Workshop Continues at 8:30am

                                                           Workshop ends at 12:30pm (in order for people to catch flights)

The Workshop Venue, The Banff Conference Centre, is taking precautionary measures to make sure all hotel guests and staff are following the health regulations and social distancing. The meeting space will be set up in accordance with the government guidelines and regulations.


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