Aim: To determine the relative importance of factors that influence decision making in the management of minor illness, and how people trade between these factors. Design of study: Discrete choice experiment. Setting: Scottish electoral roll. Method: Six hundred and fifty-two responders of a previous national survey were invited to complete a discrete choice experiment questionnaire. This was used to measure relative preferences for managing symptoms of minor illness often associated with analgesic use. Three attributes were identified as important to participants: type of management, availability, and cost of managing symptoms. Trade-offs between these attributes were examined. Results: A 57% response rate was achieved (51% valid response rate). People preferred to manage symptoms by self-care and were willing to pay almost £23 to do so. Community pharmacy was the preferred source of advice. Responders preferred less waiting time and paying less money when managing symptoms, and were willing to trade between factors. A less preferred type of management became more attractive when waiting times and cost were reduced. Conclusion: Findings suggest that self-care is the preferred method of managing symptoms of minor illness. When developing services to support self-care, policy makers should invest in services that reduce waiting times and incur least cost to users.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||British Journal of General Practice|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Dec 2006|
- Discrete choice experiment
- Minor illness
- Self care