Patients' Perceptions and Treatment Effectiveness
AbstractAn extensive literature relating patients’ expectations to treatment outcomes has not addressed the determinants of these expectations. We argue that treatment history is part of a reference point that influences patients’ expectations of how effective further treatment might be, thus influencing whether to proceed with additional treatment or not. We hypothesize that those patients with unsuccessful prior treatments have diminished expected improvement from subsequent treatments. Prospect theory provides a theoretical foundation for reference frame effects, and the model is tested with data on patients diagnosed with idiopathic intracranial hypertension. Our results support the reference frame hypothesis.
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Length: 35 pages
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Prospect Theory; Treatment Outcomes; Treatment History; Misclassification; Monotone Rank Estimator;
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- C14 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Semiparametric and Nonparametric Methods: General
- C25 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Discrete Regression and Qualitative Choice Models; Discrete Regressors; Proportions
- I12 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health Production
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