Priorities 2016 conference University of Birmingham

The International Society on Priorities in Health (ISPHC) held its 11th biennial meeting at the University of Birmingham. Although the event has now passed, the website and conference information will remain available until further notice. 

Priorities 2016 - blogs

Read conference summaries by Paul Healy (NHS Confed) and Paul Mitchell (University of Bristol) - and in the journal IJHPM.


Priorities 2016 - abstracts

A collection of abstracts covering all the papers given at the conference is now available for for download from the conference website.


Presentations available

The website has been updated with slides from presentations given at the Priorities 2016 conference in Birmingham.

NEW: Priorities 2018

The 12th biennial meeting will be held at Linköping University, Sweden. See here for more information.


Judith Smith, HSMC

"The Health Services Management Centre at the University of Birmingham is delighted to be co-hosting this important international conference in Priorities in Health Care, together with our colleagues in the University’s Health Economics Unit.  At this time of economic hardship for so many health systems internationally, it has never been more important to understand how best to set priorities and take difficult decisions about funding of health and care.  We look forward to welcoming leading researchers, policy makers and practitioners to Birmingham to learn more about how these tough and pressing issues."

Marthe Gold, ISPHC

"The Society management committee is delighted that Birmingham will be hosting the 2016 Priorities meeting.   The collaboration of the University's Health Services Management Centre with the Department of Health Economics together with the stellar international planning committee that has been assembled promises to create a conference this is practically grounded and academically rigorous.  Improving the health of populations while decreasing health inequalities and restraining cost growth are critical issues at the national,  local, and health delivery system levels throughout the world. The Society looks to this conference to bring together academics from many disciplines, decision-makers with a range of problems to solve, and experiences from a variety of settings in order to build the science and practice of priority setting."

Joanna Coast, University of Bristol

"I still remember attending my first PRIORITIES conference in London in 1998.  It provided me with both my first opportunity to hear the major names in the field discussing issues around decision making in health care and an intellectually stimulating exposure to many disciplines beyond my own background in health economics. It was a time when rationing of health care was a ‘hot topic’ and, with the austerity of recent years and the increasingly challenging funding situation for health and social care, we now face a similar environment.  I am therefore hugely pleased that we will be hosting the PRIORITIES 2016 conference in Birmingham and will be able to discuss the most recent rigorous and innovative research on these topics in a setting that brings together academics with policy makers."