Table 1

Final attributes and levels chosen for the discrete choice experiment

AttributesDescriptionsLevelsA priori expectations
Whom you consult for your cancer condition:Whether you see a specialist (medical oncologist, radiation oncologist) for your cancer condition vs your local general practitioner/nurse practitioner with supervision from a specialist. The supervision can occur through phone or email support, but you do not actually see the specialist in personMedical specialist in a cancer centre
Medical specialist in a general hospital setting
Nurse practitioner or general practitioner with support/advice from a medical specialist—phone, email or video conference such as telemedicine
In general, a positive preference for a medical specialist in a cancer centre compared with other healthcare providers is expected
Whether the doctor knows you:This depends on how well the doctor knows you in terms of your background and medical historyThe doctor has access to your medical notes and knows you well; for example, your usual general practitioner or specialist
The doctor has access to your medical notes but does not know you; for example, a locum doctor at your usual general practitioner or specialist practice
The doctor has no access to your medical notes and does not know you; for example, a new practice
In general, a negative preference for a doctor who is not familiar with the patient and patient's medical history is expected
Number of weeks you have to wait to see a doctor:How long you have to wait to see a general practitioner1 week
3 weeks
6 weeks
In general, a positive preference for a shorter waiting time is expected
The presence of family/friends:Whether you have the support of family/friends and if they can escort you to your medical appointmentsFamily/friends can accompany you to the appointments and stay with you overnight if required
Family/friends can accompany you to the appointments but are unable to stay with you overnight if required
Family/friends are unable to accompany you to the appointments
In general, a positive preference for the presence of family/friends is expected
Distance you have to travel for your appointment (one-way):How long it takes to travel to your appointment, whether by public transport or private car, including transit times30 min
1–2 h
2–3 h
In general, a negative preference for a longer travelling time is expected
Your out-of-pocket costs in attending an appointment:These costs could include fuel, parking, meals, accommodation if required and private co-payments or medical gap expenses if seeing a private specialist$150
$300
$500
In general, a positive preference for lower costs is expected