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Twitter cull

In case you have come here having noticed I have culled you from Twitter (i.e. I am no longer following you), there’s a very simple set of reasons:

(1) I am increasingly persuaded by the journalists who feel that social media is actually a parasite on their life;

(2) You don’t engage with me. Why bother to link in some way if you show no demonstrable interest in my work or interest in engaging with me?

If you were to say “OK I really don’t care about patient preferences, I wanna sell phones to people, can we work together?” ironically I’d probably listen. That’s honest, at least. Not my favourite use of choice experiments but hey, it pays the bills.

Top tip – if you are working in health and are really interested in what I do, please do two things:

(1) Read the book – a good friend who is very renowned in the field used to hate it that everyone quoted McFadden for Random Utility Theory yet their referencing showed clearly, and beyond any doubt, that they had NEVER ever read the key chapter. (Mea culpa here – I speed-read it and my page-referencing is a page off in some places. Sorry, But at least I know what he endorsed and didn’t. Plus quite a few of you don’t seem to know even that.)

(2) Present something actionable to me.

As Jay from the Inbetweeners would say “Simples!” (Though of course I don’t intentionally tell complete porkies all the rest of the time like his character does!)

So, just to round off – I have ideas….I have ideas that work and which made me money  already….interested?

CRB ethics blog

This is a plug for a blog hosted by my Centre (the CRB) and edited by a colleague, Pär Segerdahl.
The Ethics Blog specialises in ethical issues surrounding treatment, both biogenetic treatments and wider medical ones.

Pär writes well for the general audience and it is a good source of material and research for health economists and people from other non-ethics disciplines who have been working in their own “silo” and perhaps are unaware of the work that has already been done concerning issues like prioritisation in health care 🙂

I will write two posts for the blog: the first, on Wednesday 18th March, will discuss how findings from a project I’ve been involved with in Australia suggest teenagers are being disadvantaged in health care. The follow-up, a week later, will go on to discuss the wider issue of “whose values” in determining health care priorities, with a particular focus on the Swedish example. Sweden, as I mentioned last week, has a truly remarkable approach to this that differs from most other western countries…however, in practice it has followed their methods and there is potential for a big discussion on what it should be doing if it is to follow its stated aims. Stay tuned!