Morning workshop: 9:00-12:30
An introduction to social network analysis for health economics
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Daan Westra, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Health Services Research, Maastricht University, Maastricht, the Netherlands
Inge van der Putten, MSc, Department of Health Services Research, Maastricht University, Maastricht, the Netherlands
The delivery of health services involves various relations and interdependencies between different actors. These include, but are not limited to, various types of information exchanges or types of cooperation between professionals or healthcare organizations and decision making processes at various levels. Consequently, networks have become increasingly relevant to health economists and they have studied how various networks form and evolve, as well as how these networks influence performance or outcomes at the individual or organizational level. However, analyzing relationships and networks requires specific analytical skills. This workshop focusses on the analysis of relational data through Social Network Analysis (SNA). The aim of the workshop is to provide participants with a basic understanding of what Social Network Analysis is, how it can be used for (descriptive and explorative) analytic purposes, which applications can be used for the analysis of network data, and which type of research questions in the health services research realm can be answered using Social Network Analysis.
As this is an introductory workshop, no prior knowledge of social network analysis is required. Participants are required to bring their own laptop to the workshop.