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Factorial Survey Methods in Health, Social and Ageing Research

Research Institutes
Free registrations are invited for this one-day meeting on aspects of developing and using the factorial survey methods to study decision making particularly in health, social and ageing research.

There will be an introductory talk by Prof Brian Taylor, Ulster University, to introduce Factorial Methods to those new to this method and to serve as a reminder and give a context to the main programme of talks. Speakers are drawn from the UK, Europe and the USA and represent a range of areas including health, social work, and methodology.


Morning and afternoon coffee/tea and a buffet lunch will be provided.



Contact the conference administrator Anna Liddle at:

E:   or T: +44(0)1895 268140


Related meeting: Society for Medical Decision Making Biennial European Conference, London, 12-14 June, 2016. Details and registration at:


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Outline Programme

09.00 - 09.30            Registration & coffee/tea

09.30 - 09.40            Welcome & Introduction

Prof Mary Gilhooly, Prof Ken Gilhooly & Prof Cilla Harries,

Brunel University London

09.40 - 10.20            Introduction to factorial surveys

Prof Brian Taylor, Ulster University

10.20 - 10.50            Using a fractional factorial survey to develop an effective training tool to improve  fitness-to-drive decisions

Prof Cilla Harries, Brunel University London

10.50 - 11.20            Using a fractional factorial survey to develop an effective training tool to improve dietetic referral prioritisations

Dr Hulya Gokalp, Brunel University London

11.20 - 11.50            Coffee/tea

11.50 - 12.20            Probation officers’ judgments regarding the likelihood of re-offending

Dr Judith Mullineux, Ulster University


12.20 - 12.50            The importance of work willingness in social assistance eligibility assessments

Dr Marjolijn de Wilde, University of Antwerp

12.50 - 13.50            Lunch

13.50 - 14.20            Administration of an online factorial survey using Qualtrics software

Helena McElhinney, Ulster University

14.20 - 14.50            Synthesis of three data sources to determine independent variables in an online factorial survey of implantable cardioverter defibrillator deactivation decisions

Loreena Hill, Ulster University


14.50 - 15.20            A tool that produces judgment study stimulus case sets with specified cue-cue correlations

Dr Robert Hamm, University of Oklahoma College of Medicine


15.20 - 15.50            Coffee/tea

15.50 - 16.20            Closing plenary discussion

16.20                        End of Symposium

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