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Risk attitudes and personality traits predict perceptions of benefits and risks for medicinal products: a field study of European medical assessors

Beyer, Andrea R., Fasolo, Barbara, de Graeff, P.A. and Hillege, H.L. (2015) Risk attitudes and personality traits predict perceptions of benefits and risks for medicinal products: a field study of European medical assessors. Value in Health, 18 (1). pp. 91-99. ISSN 1098-3015

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Identification Number: 10.1016/j.jval.2014.10.011

Abstract

Background: Risk attitudes and personality traits are known predictors of decision making among laypersons, but very little is known of their influence among experts participating in organizational decision making. Methods: Seventy-five European medical assessors were assessed in a field study using the Domain Specific Risk Taking scale and the Big Five Inventory scale. Assessors rated the risks and benefits for a mock “clinical dossier” specific to their area of expertise, and ordinal regression models were used to assess the odds of risk attitude or personality traits in predicting either the benefit or the risk ratings. Results: An increase in the “conscientiousness” score predicted an increase in the perception of the drug’s benefit, and male assessors gave higher scores for the drug’s benefit ratings than did female assessors. Extraverted assessors saw fewer risks, and assessors with a perceived neutral-averse or averse risk profile saw greater risks. Conclusions: Medical assessors perceive the benefits and risks of medicines via a complex interplay of the medical situation, their personality traits and even their gender. Further research in this area is needed to determine how these potential biases are managed within the regulatory setting.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/10983...
Additional Information: © 2015 International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR)
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Sets: Research centres and groups > Organisational Behaviour Group
Date Deposited: 13 Mar 2015 10:14
Last Modified: 20 Jul 2019 01:59
Projects: Escher project (T6-202)
Funders: Dutch Top Institute Pharma, European Medicines Agency
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/61210

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