Published on January 5, 2015

Effect of discussion and deliberation on the public’s views of priority setting in health care: focus group study | The BMJ

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By Sonia Bussu

Dr Sonia Bussu is a researcher at Involve. She is passionate about increasing citizen voice in public policy (so much so that she did a PhD on the topic) and over the past few years she has been involved in several research projects on citizen participation in policy-making.

To which extent do people change their views about priority setting in health care as a result of discussion and deliberation? This study of a random sample of patients from two urban general practices finds that the public’s views about setting priorities in health care are systematically different when they have been given an opportunity to discuss the issues. If the considered opinions of the general public are required, surveys that do not allow respondents time or opportunity for reflection may be of doubtful value.

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