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Work package 7

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Erasmus University Rotterdam

Objectives

The main objectives of this work package are to:

Tasks

Task 7.1 - Create statements for Q sorting

This work will involve agreement amongst partners about sets of statements (to be used in Q sorting), such statements being about different types of QALY gains which can be experienced from different interventions (e.g. life saving versus quality-of-life-enhancing) and about the beneficiaries of such gains (e.g. by age, severity of illness). Sets of statements have been used in ongoing studies but will have to be considered for relevance across all countries and will have to be translated.

Task 7.2 - Conduct Q sorting exercise with health economists in December 2007

A Q sorting exercise, using the statements created in Task 7.1, will be conducted with health economists attending a meeting to be held in December 2007.

Task 7.3 - Conduct Q sorting exercise with wider set of decision makers in each country

Each local partner, with his/her assistant, will arrange for a small group of 10 decision makers to meet in a group to conduct the Q sorting exercise.

Task 7.4 - Conduct Q sorting exercise with the public

Again, each local partner, with his/her assistant, will arrange for small groups, comprising 20 members of the public in total, to meet to conduct the Q sorting exercise.

Task 7.5 - Conduct Q sorting exercise with one Policy Advisor from each country

A Q sorting exercise will be conducted with one Policy Advisor from each country at a meeting to be held in November 2008.

Task 7.6 Analyse Q data from Q sorts

Using factor analytic methods, with which participants at Erasmus and the Newcastle University are familiar, all of the Q sorting data will be analysed to examine patterns in responses with respect to how the samples view different QALY-types and different beneficiaries of QALYs.