To provide leadership to advance the development, implementation and use of health preference research in support of health policy, the development of medical products, and patient care.


  • To foster discussions about known and novel methods to obtain preference information and to analyze health-preference data in support of standards for the use of these methods
  • To support early career researchers interested in the field of health preference research through involvement in the SIG activities
  • To facilitate the dissemination of good practices for the methods used to collect and analyze health preferences in the HEOR community
  • To identify and highlight ways in which preference evidence can support patient care and health policy and health economics and outcomes research


Scientifically rigorous evidence on priorities and preferences is important in promoting patient-centered drug development, facilitating patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR), informing regulatory benefit-risk analysis, and conducting robust health technology assessment (HTA). Health preference research focuses on the development of instruments and other mechanisms to measure preferences for aspects of health policies, medical products, and patient care. These aspects are systematically evaluated by relevant stakeholders to determine their relative importance. The resulting measures of relative importance offer a unique way to understand the value of health-related initiatives and products. The broad array of methods and the ability to modify them allows their use for any number of research questions.



Christine Poulos, PhD, BA

Senior Economist, RTI Health Solutions
Research Triangle Park, NC, United States

Past Chair

Karin Groothuis-Oudshoorn, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department Health Technology and Services, University of Twente
Enschede, Netherlands


Kevin Marsh, PhD, BA, MA

Executive Director, Patient-Centered Research, Evidera Ltd
London, LON, United Kingdom

Working Groups

Member Engagement

These activities allow for a variety of members to participate and also facilitates disseminating content in Webinars, Journal Clubs, Conference Sessions, etc.


Siu Hing Lo

Associate Director, Acaster Lloyd Consulting Ltd
London, LON, United Kingdom

Riccarda Peters

Research Fellow, The University of Melbourne
St Kilda, VIC, Australia

Eline van Overbeeke, MSc

Health Economics and Outcomes Research Manager, Pfizer
Brussels, VBR, Belgium

Janine van Til, PhD

Assistant Professor, University of Twente
Enschede, Netherlands

Yuan Zhang

Assistant Professor, McMaster University
Burlington, ON, Canada

Key Project

Understanding Preference Heterogeneity: A survey of the state of practice


  • Marco Boeri, PhD, Senior Research Economist, RTI, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK
  • Sebastian Heidenreich, MSc, PhD, Patient Preferences - Associate Director, Evidera, Aberdeen, Scotland, UK

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