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Liam Strand

PhD student

My research is about how the healthcare should handle new patients in relation to patients
with previous access to treatments that has been assessed as cost ineffective.

My research

More new and expensive treatments emerge and sometimes patients get access to these treatments before there are any official recommendations of whether the healthcare should offer these treatments or not. If it turns out that the treatment is not cost-effective, then several questions arise, questions which are difficult for the healthcare to handle:
1. Should we withdraw the treatment for patients with previous access to this treatment?
2. Should we withhold the treatment for new patients, which have a need for it?
3. Is it ethically warranted to treat new patients and patients with previous access to treatments differently? Or must we withdraw and withhold treatments equally?

In my research, I combine interview studies with psychological experiments to explore what attitudes physicians-, patient organization representatives-, and other actors have on this problem, what factors they depend on, how robust these attitudes are, and whether it is possible to affect them, to hopefully arrive at ethically warranted recommendations adapted to stable traits of human psychology.

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Gustav Tinghög, Liam Strand (2022) Public Attitudes Toward Priority Setting Principles in Health Care During COVID-19 Frontiers in Health Services, Vol. 2 Continue to DOI
Liam Strand, Lars Sandman, Gustav Tinghög, Ann-Charlotte Nedlund (2022) Withdrawing or withholding treatments in health care rationing: an interview study on ethical views and implications BMC Medical Ethics, Vol. 23, Article 63 Continue to DOI
Gustav Tinghög, Liam Strand (2022) Medical Decision Style and COVID-19 Behavior Medical decision making, Vol. 42, p. 776-782, Article 0272989X221079354 Continue to DOI