Using a point system in the management of waiting lists: the case of cataracts

Soc Sci Med. 2004 Aug;59(3):585-94. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2003.11.004.


In the management of waiting lists, point systems could be a useful mechanism to establish priorities amongst patients. In this paper we explore the possibility of using Conjoint Analysis (CA) in order to implement a point system based on social preferences. We conducted an experiment for the specific case of cataract extraction. In spite of the pilot nature of the study the results seems to suggest that CA is a feasible method in order to estimate a point system.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Case Management*
  • Cataract Extraction*
  • Decision Support Techniques*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Interviews as Topic
  • Logistic Models
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pilot Projects
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Social Values*
  • Spain
  • Waiting Lists*