Key principles for the improved conduct of health technology assessments for resource allocation decisions

Published on Jul 1, 2008in International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care1.418
· DOI :10.1017/S0266462308080343
Michael Drummond72
Estimated H-index: 72
(Ebor: University of York),
J. Sanford Schwartz61
Estimated H-index: 61
(UPenn: University of Pennsylvania)
+ 4 AuthorsSean D. Sullivan65
Estimated H-index: 65
(UW: University of Washington)
Health technology assessment (HTA) is a dynamic, rapidly evolving process, embracingdifferent types of assessments that inform real-world decisions about the value (i.e.,benefits, risks, and costs) of new and existing technologies. Historically, most HTAagencies have focused on producing high quality assessment reports that can be used bya range of decision makers. However, increasingly organizations are undertaking orcommissioning HTAs to inform a particular resource allocation decision, such as listing adrug on a national or local formulary, defining the range of coverage under insuranceplans, or issuing mandatory guidance on the use of health technologies in a particularhealthcare system. A set of fifteen principles that can be used in assessing existing orestablishing new HTA activities is proposed, providing examples from existing HTAprograms. The principal focus is on those HTA activities that are linked to, or include, aparticular resource allocation decision. In these HTAs, the consideration of both costs andbenefits, in an economic evaluation, is critical. It is also important to consider the linkbetween the HTA and the decision that will follow. The principles are organized into foursections: (i) “Structure” of HTA programs; (ii) “Methods” of HTA; (iii) “Processes forConduct” of HTA; and (iv) “Use of HTAs in Decision Making.”
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