Decision maker views on priority setting in the Vancouver Island Health Authority

Francois Dionne, Craig Mitton*, Neale Smith, Cam Donaldson

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Decisions regarding the allocation of available resources are a source of growing dissatisfaction for healthcare decision-makers. This dissatisfaction has led to increased interest in research on evidence-based resource allocation processes. An emerging area of interest has been the empirical analysis of the characteristics of existing and desired priority setting processes from the perspective of decision-makers. We conducted in-depth, face-to-face interviews with 18 senior managers and medical directors with the Vancouver Island Health Authority, an integrated health care provider in British Columbia responsible for a population of approximately 730,000. Interviews were transcribed and content-analyzed, and major themes and sub-themes were identified and reported.

Original languageEnglish
Article number13
Number of pages8
JournalCost Effectiveness and Resource Allocation
Publication statusPublished - 21 Jul 2008


  • decision making
  • health economics
  • healthcare


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