Notes to editors
- The report, Understanding Patients’ Choices at the Point of Referral, by Peter Burge, Nancy Devlin, John Appleby, Federico Gallo, Edward Nason and Tom Ling, is available to download from the RAND website
- This research was commissioned in March 2005 by the Corporate Analytic Team at the Department of Health from a joint research team from RAND Europe, the King’s Fund and City University. The main body of the research employed Discrete Choice Experiments (DCEs) which asked a sample of over 1,000 people across England, with experience of being referred for elective treatment in the previous five years, to respond to a series of hypothetical choice scenarios. The sample were invited to participate in a discrete choice experiment, which asked them to state the choices they would make if they were in the position of being advised by their GP that they needed to be referred for a specialist consultation in a hospital outpatient department. Participants were presented with sets of providers and asked to indicate which they would choose. Respondents were also given the option of seeking treatment outside of the NHS or not taking up their referral. Informing the structure of the DCE questionnaire were two sets of focus groups that took place in Norwich and London.
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