Dr Philip Kinghorn

Research Fellow

Health Economics


Contact details

Health Economics Unit
School of Health & Population Sciences
Public Health Building
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT


Philip is a Research Fellow in the Health Economics Unit. His research interests relate to the measurement and valuation of outcomes in economic evaluation. In particular, Philip is interested in the use of the capability approach within health economics.


  • Phd in Health Economics 2010
  • MA in Economics 2004
  • BA (Hons) in Economics & Politics 2003


Philip was awarded his PhD in Health Economics in 2010 by the University of East Anglia. The PhD explored the use of the Capability Approach to assess and value quality of life, using chronic pain as a case study.

In 2010, Philip took up a post as a Research Fellow in the Health Economics Research Unit at the University of Aberdeen, initially working on an NIHR funded and MRC managed project to value the patient experience.

In 2012 Philip moved to the Health Economics Unit at the University of Birmingham to work on a European Research Council funded project relating to end of life care.

He has experience of conducting systematic reviews, qualitative research and of using online survey methods. He has presented work at national and international conferences, has published in the Journals of Social Science & Medicine, Health Services Research and Policy, and Journal of Palliative Medicine.  Philip is a reviewer for Health Economics, Social Science & Medicine and Health Expectations and has peer reviewed funding applications for NIHR and the Chief Scientist's Office (Scotland).


Philip has taught microeconomics at undergraduate and postgraduate level, as well as teaching Health Economics.  He is Co-coordinator of the Policy and Economics of Healthcare Delivery Module on the MSc in Health Economics & Health Policy, and has supervised several MSc Dissertation projects.

Postgraduate supervision

Co-Supervisor for Alastair Canaway's PhD, "Capturing Family Benefits of End of Life Care for use in Economic Evaluation".

Doctoral research

PhD title Developing a Capability Approach to Measure and Value Quality of Life: An Application to Chronic Pain


Philip is currently working on an ERC funded project, relating to end of life care. The project will address the following issues, which have tended to be neglected in the literature so far: (i) how to define the end of life period; (ii) measure outcomes from end of life care; (iii) quantitatively value end of life care; (iv) value the benefits of end of life care to persons close to the patient; (v) combine across measures; and (vi) choose decision-rules for end of life care.

In addition, Philip is involved with the National School for Primary Care Research funded project: 'Meanings, Costs & Consequences of Patient and Public Involvement', and as a co-applicant on the NIHR funded project 'A study to assess feasibility of a randomised multi-centre clinical trial in children and adults, to examine the clinical and cost-effectiveness of pressure garments to improve scarring.'

Philip is a co-applicant on the NIHR HTA funded project "A study to assess feasibility of a randomised multi-centre clinical trial in children and adults, to examine the clinical and cost-effectiveness of pressure garments to improve scarring."

Other activities

Health Economics Advisor for the West Midlands Hub of the NIHR Research Design Service.


Coast J, Kinghorn P, Mitchell P “The Capability Approach; Progress, Opportunities and Challenges”, submitted to The Patient: Patient-Centred Outcomes Research. (Online first)

Kinghorn P, Robinson A, Smith RD, “Developing a Capability-Based Questionnaire as an Alternative Method for Assessing Well-Being in Patients with Chronic Pain”, submitted to Social Indicators Research (In press)

Adlard N, Kinghorn P, Frew E “Is the UK NICE ‘reference case’ influencing the practice of paediatric QALY measurement within economic evaluations?” Value in Health (In press)

Ryan M, Kinghorn P, Entwistle VA, Francis JJ (2014) “Valuing Patients’ Experiences of Healthcare Processes: Towards broader applications of existing methods”, Social Science and Medicine, 106, 194-203

Kinghorn P & Coast J (2013) “A health economists’ response to the review of the Liverpool Care Pathway” Journal of Palliative Medicine, 16(12) 1614-1616.

Entwistle V, Firnigl D, Ryan M, Francis J, Kinghorn P (2012) “Which experiences of health care matter to service users and why? A critical interpretive synthesis and conceptual map.” Journal of Health Services Research & Policy, 17 (2) 70-78.

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