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Dr Deokhee Yi

Health Economist

Phone: 0207 848 5679
Fax: 0207 848 5517
Address: King’s College London
Cicely Saunders Institute
Department of Palliative Care, Policy and Rehabilitation
Bessemer Road
Denmark Hill, SE5 9PJ


Dr Yi joined the Cicely Saunders Institute in November 2013 as a health economist. Her research areas comprise policy evaluations using routinely collected data, application of discrete choice experiments and economic evaluations using modelling technique. She has experience in analysing data from the English Hospital Episode Statics, Scottish Morbidity Record and mortality from the Office of National Statistics. Dr Yi used discrete choice experiments to elicit patients’ and public’s preference for services provided in NHS such as follow up for colorectal cancer patients, management service for chronic low back pain, obesity prevention programmes, interventions for symptoms in the community and financial incentives for smoking cessation of mothers.

She has built Markov models to examine the cost-benefit of obesity prevention programmes and smoking cessation interventions. She will contribute to the health economic component of projects and research in the department, including cost-effectiveness analysis of palliative care, evaluation of carer’s burden using economic models, and elicitation of preference for palliative care services using discrete choice experiments.


Dr Yi graduated with a BS in Pharmacy and an MPH in Public Health (emphasis on Health Economics) from Seoul National University in Korea. After three years of research at the Institute for Population and Health, Seoul National University and teaching at Wonkwang Univesrity, she went to US to pursue the PhD study at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She taught master level microeconomics and PhD level methodology preparatory course. She used data from the skilled nursing facilities in the US to find the effects of the prospective payment system on quality.

She also helped translate the long term care minimum data set instruments into Korean language and data collection. Her dissertation investigated the effects of health on the labour market performance in China during the economic and social changes. Before joining the CSI in November 2013 Dr Yi worked at Health Economics Research Unit, University of Aberdeen as a research fellow.

Selected Publications
  • Morgan H, Bauld L, Hoddinott P et al. HTA report 10/31/02 - Benefits of incentives for breastfeeding and smoking cessation in pregnancy (BIBS): A mixed methods study to inform trial design (Submitted to National Institute of Health Research)
  • Yi D, R Mandy, Campbell S, Elliott A, Torrance N, Chambers A, Johnston M, Hannaford P, Smith BH. Using Discrete Choice Experiments to inform Randomised Controlled Trials: an application to chronic low back pain management in primary care, European Journal of Pain 2011, 15(5), 531.e1-531.e10.
  • Farrar S, Yi D, Sutton M, Chalkley M, Sussex J, Scott A. Has payment by results affected the way that English hospitals provide care? Difference-in-differences analysis. British Medical Journal 2010; 339: b3047
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