Dr Philip Kinghorn

Dr Philip Kinghorn

Institute of Applied Health Research
Research Fellow

Contact details

Health Economics Unit
Institute of Applied Health Research
IOEM Building
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), University of East Anglia
  • MA in Economics (2004), University of East Anglia
  • BA (Hons) in Economics & Politics (2003), University of East Anglia


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 patients’ experiences of receiving health care services.

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 (EconEndLife).   With the EconEndLife project concluding in 2015, Philip will begin an MRC funded project to establish a monetary threshold for ICECAP in the context of public health and social care in the spring of 2016.  The project was funded as a New Investigator Grant.

Philip has experience of conducting qualitative research, systematic reviews and of using online survey methods.   He is currently providing health economics input as a co-applicant on the NIHR funded PEGASUS study, is an RDS advisor, a reviewer for Health Economics, Social Science & Medicine and Health Expectations and has peer reviewed funding applications for NIHR, MRC and the Chief Scientist's Office (Scotland).



  • Module Co-Coordinator: Policy and Economics of Healthcare Delivery.  MSc in Health Economics & Health Policy.
  • Lecturer: Economic Evaluation in Healthcare Module.  MSc in Health Economics & Health Policy.
  • Lecturer: Introduction to Health Economics Module.  MSc in Health  Economics & Health Policy.
  • Dissertation Supervisor: MSc in Health Economics & Health Policy.
  • Lecturer: Risk Management Module.  MSc in Occupational Health


  • Undergraduate & postgraduate microeconomics (lectures & tutorials)

Postgraduate supervision

Co-Supervisor for Alastair Canaway's PhD, "Capturing Family Benefits of End of Life Care for use in Economic Evaluation".  Graduated Winter 2015.

Co-supervisor for Chidubem Ogwulu’s PhD, “Developing and piloting approaches for the valuation of outcomes associated with sexually transmitted infections in order to construct quality adjusted life years (QALYs) for use in economic evaluation”.  Start date: 2015

Co-supervisor for Henry Nwankwo’s PhD, “The impact of different trajectories of dying and associated care settings on the opportunity for a good death”.  Start date: 2015.

Doctoral research

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


Philip was recently awarded an MRC New Investigator Grant.  The project, “Investigating deliberative methods for setting a monetary capability threshold in the context of social care and public health”, is expected to start in May 2016.

Until September 2015, Philip was 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.

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."

In addition, Philip has had involvement with a National School for Primary Care Research funded project: 'Meanings, Costs & Consequences of Patient and Public Involvement'.

Research groups and Centres

  • Health Economists’ Study Group
  • International Health Economics Association
  • European Health Economics Association

Other activities

  • Module Co-Coordinator: Policy and Economics of Healthcare Delivery.  MSc in Health Economics & Health Policy.
  • Coordinator of the Health Economics Unit External Seminar Series.
  • Frontline advisor for the West Midlands Research Design Service.


Bailey C, Orlando R, Kinghorn P, Armour K, Perry R, Jones L, Coast J. (2016) “The ICECAP-SCM tells you more about what I’m going through” - Measuring quality of life amongst patients receiving supportive and palliative care.  Palliative Medicine. 1-11, DOI: 10.1177/0269216315624890 

Coast J, Huynh E, Kinghorn P, Flynn T “Complex Valuation: Applying ideas from the complex intervention framework to valuation of a new measure for end of life care”, PharmacoEconomics, (Online first December 2015, DOI 10.1007/s40273-015-0345-0) 

Kinghorn P (2015) “Exploring Different Interpretations of the Capability Approach in a Health Care Context: Where next?”, Journal of Human Development & Capabilities. 16:4, 600-616

Coast J, Kinghorn P, Mitchell P (2015) “The Capability Approach; Progress, Opportunities and Challenges”, The Patient: Patient-Centred Outcomes Research. 8, 119-126 

Kinghorn P, Robinson A, Smith RD, (2015) “Developing a Capability-Based Questionnaire as an Alternative Method for Assessing Well-Being in Patients with Chronic Pain”, Social Indicators Research, 120:897–916. 

Adlard N, Kinghorn P, Frew E (2014) “Is the UK NICE ‘reference case’ influencing the practice of paediatric QALY measurement within economic evaluations?” Value in Health, 17, 454-461. 

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.