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International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care

Kristina Kõrge, Nadine Berndt, Juergen Hohmann, Florence Romano, Mickael Hiligsmann
OBJECTIVES: The health technology assessment (HTA) Core Model® is a tool for defining and standardizing the elements of HTA analyses within several domains for producing structured reports. This study explored the parallels between the Core Model and a national HTA report. Experiences from various European HTA agencies were also investigated to determine the Core Model's adaptability to national reports. METHODS: A comparison between a national report on Genetic Counseling, produced by the Cellule d'expertise médicale Luxembourg, and the Core Model was performed to identify parallels in terms of relevant and comparable assessment elements (AEs)...
November 21, 2017: International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care
Veralia Gabriela Sánchez, Ingrid Taylor, Pia Cecilie Bing-Jonsson
BACKGROUND: The University College of Southeast Norway has an on-going project to develop a smart house welfare system to allow older adults and people with disabilities to remain in their homes for as long as they wish in safe, dignified, living conditions. OBJECTIVES: This article reviews reported ethical challenges to implementing smart houses for older adults. METHODS: A systematic literature review identified twenty-four articles in English, French, Spanish, and Norwegian, which were analyzed and synthesized using Hofmann's question list to investigate the reported ethical challenges...
November 20, 2017: International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care
James Shearer, Sarah Byford, Steve Birch
OBJECTIVES: Patient production losses occur when individuals' capacities to work, whether paid or unpaid, are impaired by illness, treatment, disability, or death. There is controversy about whether and how to include patient production losses in economic evaluations in health care. Patient production losses have not previously been considered when evaluating medications for reimbursement under the U.K. National Health Service. Proposals for value-based assessment of health technologies in the United Kingdom created renewed interest in whether and how to include costs from a wider societal perspective, such as patient production losses, within economic evaluation of healthcare interventions...
November 20, 2017: International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care
Kirstin Ozturk, Bilgehan Karadayı, Olgun Şener
BACKGROUND: In April of 2014, the Turkish Ministry of Health held the First Annual Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Meeting in Antalya. OBJECTIVES: The objectives were to understand the perceptions of stakeholders regarding the current status of HTA and document their recommendations and strategies for promoting systematic use of HTA in Turkey. METHODS: The study was conducted using a qualitative written survey assessing current compliance with the fifteen HTA principles suggested by Drummond et al...
November 20, 2017: International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care
Ken Bond, Laura Weeks
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to describe an initial exploration by CADTH, Canada's pan-Canadian health technology assessment (HTA) agency, in using the INTEGRATE-HTA guidance in the production of an HTA that examined the use of both in-center and in-home dialysis modalities for the treatment of end-stage kidney disease in adults in Canada. METHODS AND RESULTS: We outline CADTH's standard HTA production process and context and then describe the experience of the assessment team in using the INTEGRATE-HTA guidance, specifically to help structure and guide the use of a logic model, the identification of implementation issues, and the identification and examination of ethical issues...
November 16, 2017: International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care
Laura Weeks, Julie Polisena, Anna Mae Scott, Anke-Peggy Holtorf, Sophie Staniszewska, Karen Facey
OBJECTIVES: Although there is increased awareness of patient and public involvement (PPI) among health technology assessment (HTA) organizations, evaluations of PPI initiatives are relatively scarce. Our objective as members of Health Technology Assessment International's (HTAi's) Patient and Citizen Involvement Group (PCIG) was to advance understanding of the range of evaluation strategies adopted by HTA organizations and their potential usefulness. METHODS: In March 2016, a survey was sent to fifty-four HTA organizations through the International Network of Agencies for Health Technology Assessment (INAHTA) and contacts of members of HTAi's PCIG...
November 10, 2017: International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care
Mathilda L Bongers, Dirk de Ruysscher, Cary Oberije, Philippe Lambin, Carin A Uyl-de Groot, José Belderbos, Veerle M H Coupé
INTRODUCTION: Optimizing radiotherapy with or without chemotherapy through advanced imaging and accelerated radiation schemes shows promising results in locally advanced non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC). This study compared the cost-effectiveness of positron emission tomography-computed tomography based isotoxic accelerated sequential chemo-radiation (SRT2) and concurrent chemo-radiation with daily low-dose cisplatin (CRT2) with standard sequential (SRT1) and concurrent chemo-radiation (CRT1)...
November 10, 2017: International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care
Gert Jan van der Wilt, Wietske Kievit, Wija Oortwijn
A central idea underlying the INTEGRATE-HTA project is that many of the interventions that are being used in health care are quite complex. By this, we mean that the relation between the delivery of the intervention on the one hand, and the onset of (desired and undesired) changes may be less straightforward than hoped for. There may be all sorts of reasons for this, varying from a lack of resources, lack of skills, perverse incentives, organizational problems, etc. Not identifying such factors and their potential impact may seriously compromise the policy relevance of a health technology assessment (HTA) (1)...
November 8, 2017: International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care
Leon Bijlmakers, Debjani Mueller, Rabia Kahveci, Yingyao Chen, Gert Jan van der Wilt
OBJECTIVES: The INTEGRATE-HTA project recommends that complexity be taken into account when conducting health technology assessments (HTAs) and suggests a five-step process for doing that. This study examines whether the approach suggested by INTEGRATE-HTA could be useful, appropriate, and feasible in the context of low- and middle-income countries (LMIC) given some of the typical challenges that healthcare systems face in those countries. METHODS: A nonexhaustive literature review was performed on the implementation in low and middle income countries of the five aspects recommended by the INTEGRATE-HTA project, using the following search terms: national health planning, health sector strategy, health sector performance, assessment criteria, health (management) information, complexity, context, stakeholder consultation...
November 6, 2017: International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care
David Tordrup, Christos Chouaid, Pim Cuijpers, William Dab, Johanna Maria van Dongen, Jaime Espin, Bengt Jönsson, Christian Léonard, David McDaid, Martin McKee, José Pereira Miguel, Anita Patel, Jean-Yves Reginster, Walter Ricciardi, Maureen Rutten-van Molken, Valentina Prevolnik Rupel, Tracey Sach, Franco Sassi, Norman Waugh, Roberto Bertollini
BACKGROUND: The importance of economic evaluation in decision making is growing with increasing budgetary pressures on health systems. Diverse economic evidence is available for a range of interventions across national contexts within Europe, but little attention has been given to identifying evidence gaps that, if filled, could contribute to more efficient allocation of resources. One objective of the Research Agenda for Health Economic Evaluation project is to determine the most important methodological evidence gaps for the ten highest burden conditions in the European Union (EU), and to suggest ways of filling these gaps...
October 30, 2017: International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care
Wietske Kievit, Marcia Tummers, Ralph van Hoorn, Andrew Booth, Kati Mozygemba, Pietro Refolo, Dario Sacchini, Lisa Pfadenhauer, Ansgar Gerhardus, Gert Jan Van der Wilt
OBJECTIVES: The INTEGRATE-HTA project provided methodology to evaluate complex technologies. This study provides guidance on how to retrieve and critically appraise available evidence on moderators and predictors of treatment effects and on patient preferences for treatment outcomes as a source of complexity. METHODS: Search filters for PubMed were developed by hand-searching a large volume of articles reporting on relevant aspects. Search terms were retrieved from selected papers and algorithmically combined to find the optimal combination of search terms...
October 25, 2017: International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care
James D Chambers, Cayla J Saret, Jordan E Anderson, Patricia A Deverka, Michael P Douglas, Kathryn A Phillips
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to examine the evidence payers cited in their coverage policies for multi-gene panels and sequencing tests (panels), and to compare these findings with the evidence payers cited in their coverage policies for other types of medical interventions. METHODS: We used the University of California at San Francisco TRANSPERS Payer Coverage Registry to identify coverage policies for panels issued by five of the largest US private payers...
October 25, 2017: International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care
Mick Arber, Sonia Garcia, Thomas Veale, Mary Edwards, Alison Shaw, Julie M Glanville
OBJECTIVES: This study was designed to assess the sensitivity of three Ovid MEDLINE search filters developed to identify studies reporting health state utility values (HSUVs), to improve the performance of the best performing filter, and to validate resulting search filters. METHODS: Three quasi-gold standard sets (QGS1, QGS2, QGS3) of relevant studies were harvested from reviews of studies reporting HSUVs. The performance of three initial filters was assessed by measuring their relative recall of studies in QGS1...
October 25, 2017: International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care
Eva Lesén, Ingela Björholt, Anders Ingelgård, Fredrik J Olson
OBJECTIVES: For medical devices, benefits other than direct clinical effects may have a large impact on the patients' well-being, but a standardized method for measuring these benefits is unavailable. The objective was to explore potential patient benefits provided by medical devices, and to assess the relative preferences of these benefits in the general Swedish population. METHODS: To identify attributes of patient benefit, healthcare personnel within a wide range of disease areas were interviewed...
October 25, 2017: International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care
Naomi Fujita-Rohwerder, Alric Rüther, Stefan Sauerland
OBJECTIVES: This study aims to describe how a negative reimbursement decision-based on the health technology assessment (HTA) report of a nondrug intervention-affects healthcare providers in Germany. METHODS: Knee arthroscopy was chosen as an example, because as of April 2016 this procedure is no longer reimbursed for osteoarthritis, but is still covered for other indications, including meniscal lesions. The exclusion followed an HTA report prepared by the Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG)...
October 18, 2017: International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care
Máirín Ryan, Patrick S Moran, Patricia Harrington, Linda Murphy, Michelle O'Neill, Marty Whelan, Conor Teljeur
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to illustrate the contribution of stakeholder engagement to the impact of health technology assessment (HTA) using an Irish HTA of a national public access defibrillation (PAD) program. BACKGROUND: In response to draft legislation that proposed a PAD program, the Minister for Health requested that Health Information and Quality Authority undertake an HTA to inform the design and implementation of a national PAD program and the necessary underpinning legislation...
October 16, 2017: International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care
Paddy Gillespie, Barbara Clyne, Adam Raymakers, Tom Fahey, Carmel M Hughes, Susan M Smith
OBJECTIVES: This study examines the cost-effectiveness of the OPTI-SCRIPT intervention on potentially inappropriate prescribing in primary care. METHODS: Economic evaluation, using incremental cost-effectiveness and cost utility analyses, conducted alongside a cluster randomized controlled trial of twenty-one general practices and 196 patients, to compare a multifaceted intervention with usual practice in primary care in Ireland. Potentially inappropriate prescriptions (PIPs) were determined by a pharmacist...
October 11, 2017: International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care
Mireille M Goetghebeur, Monika Wagner, Dima Samaha, William O'Neil, Danielle Badgley, Hector Castro-Jaramillo, Payam Abrishami, Antonio Sarria-Santamera, Irina Cleemput, Michele Tringali
OBJECTIVES: Tackling ethical dilemmas faced by reimbursement decision makers requires deeper understanding of values on which health technology assessment (HTA) agencies are founded and how trade-offs are made. This was explored in this study including the case of rare disease. METHODS: Representatives from eight HTA explored values on which institutions are founded using a narrative approach and reflective multicriteria (developed from EVIDEM, criteria derived from ethical imperatives of health care)...
October 11, 2017: International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care
Ion Agirrezabal, Joseph Burgon, Gavin Stewart, Iñaki Gutierrez-Ibarluzea
OBJECTIVES: Disinvestment of existing healthcare technologies that deliver low or no health benefit for their cost can be used as a tool to improve access to effective technologies, while ensuring the long-term sustainability of healthcare systems. The objective of this research was to identify disinvestment initiatives in Latin American countries (LAC). METHODS: First, a systematic literature review (SLR) was conducted. In February 2015, MEDLINE, MEDLINE In-Process, EMBASE, The Cochrane Library, and LILACS were searched for relevant journal articles, including terms related to "disinvestment," "reallocation," "obsolete technologies," and "Latin America...
September 28, 2017: International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care
Jeshika Singh, Louise Longworth
OBJECTIVES: Our study addresses the important issue of estimating treatment costs from historical data. It is a problem frequently faced by health technology assessment analysts. We compared four approaches used to estimate current costs when good quality contemporary data are not available using liver transplantation as an example. METHODS: First, the total cost estimates extracted for patients from a cohort study, conducted in the 1990s, were inflated using a published inflation multiplier...
September 22, 2017: International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care
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