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International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care

Petra J Porte, Lisanne M Verweij, Martine C de Bruijne, Cees P M van der Vleuten, Cordula Wagner
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to explore the risk assessment tools and criteria used to assess the risk of medical devices in hospitals, and to explore the link between the risk of a medical device and how those risks impact or alter the training of staff. METHODS: Within a broader questionnaire on implementation of a national guideline, we collected quantitative data regarding the types of risk assessment tools used in hospitals and the training of healthcare staff...
April 16, 2018: International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care
Americo Cicchetti, Valentina Iacopino, Silvia Coretti, Alessandra Fiore, Marco Marchetti, Laura Sampietro-Colom, Kristian Kidholm, Jean-Blaise Wasserfallen, Rabia Kahveci, Esa Halmesmäki, Magdalene Rosenmöller, Claudia Wild, Raul-Allan Kivet
OBJECTIVES: Hospital-based health technology assessment (HB-HTA) is becoming increasingly relevant because of its role in managing the introduction and withdrawal of health technologies. The organizational arrangement in which HB-HTA activities are conducted depends on several contextual factors, although the dominant models have several similarities. The aims of this study were to explore, describe, interpret, and explain seven cases of the application of HB-HTA logic and to propose a classification for HB-HTA organizational models which may be beneficial for policy makers and HTA professionals...
April 16, 2018: International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care
Helen Kaganov, Alex Ades, David Stuart Fraser
OBJECTIVES: There are no current established pathognomonic diagnostic features for uterine leiomyosarcomas in the pre- or perioperative setting. Recent inadvertent upstaging of this rare malignancy during laparoscopic morcellation of a presumed fibroid has prompted widespread debate among clinicians regarding the safety of current surgical techniques for management of fibroids. This study aims to conduct a systematic review investigating significant diagnostic features in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of uterine leiomyosarcomas...
April 12, 2018: International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care
Riikka Maijala, Sini Eloranta, Tero Reunanen, Tuija S Ikonen
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to identify and analyze the characteristics of leadership and management associated with a successful Lean thinking adaptation in healthcare. DESIGN: A systematic literature review was undertaken using electronic databases: PubMed, PubMed Systematic Review, ABI/INFORM, Business Source Complete, Emerald, JBI, and Cinahl. Inclusion criteria were: (i) a description of Lean management or leadership in health care, (ii) a reference to Lean thinking, (iii) a peer-reviewed original research article or a literature review, and (iv) a full text article available in English...
April 12, 2018: International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care
Ricardo Saad Henriques, Laiza Maria Steimbach, Deise Regina Baptista, Luana Lenzi, Fernanda S Tonin, Roberto Pontarolo, Astrid Wiens
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to evaluate the direct costs of type 2 diabetes mellitus patients treated in a Brazilian public hospital. METHODS: This was an exploratory retrospective cost-of-illness study with quantitative approach, using medical records of patients treated in a public hospital (2012-14), with at least one consultation over a period of 12 months. Data on patient's profile, exams, number of consultations, medications, hospitalizations, and comorbidities were collected...
April 10, 2018: International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care
Joost de Folter, Mark Trusheim, Pall Jonsson, Sarah Garner
OBJECTIVES: Value assessment frameworks have gained prominence recently in the context of U.S. healthcare. Such frameworks set out a series of factors that are considered in funding decisions. The UK's National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is an established health technology assessment (HTA) agency. We present a novel application of text analysis that characterizes NICE's Technology Appraisals in the context of the newer assessment frameworks and present the results in a visual way...
April 10, 2018: International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care
Véronique Raimond, Cléa Sambuc, Leslie Pibouleau
OBJECTIVES: This paper aims to describe the added value of combining cost-effectiveness and ethical evaluations when the preferences of the decision maker toward cost-effectiveness evaluation outcomes are not known, with the French national neonatal screening of cystic fibrosis (CF) as a case-study. METHODS: A cost-effectiveness analysis comparing four CF neonatal screening strategies, with or without DNA testing, was performed. Ethical positions toward their outcomes were described...
April 10, 2018: International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care
Lesley J J Soril, Daniel J Niven, Rosmin Esmail, Tom W Noseworthy, Fiona M Clement
OBJECTIVES: Health technology reassessment (HTR) is a policy process to manage health technologies throughout their lifecycle and ensure their ongoing optimal use. However, within an ever-evolving field, HTR is only one of many concepts associated with the optimization of health technologies. There is limited understanding of how other concepts and processes might differ and/or be interrelated. This study aims to describe the concepts underlying the various technology optimization processes and to reconcile their relationships within the HTR process...
April 4, 2018: International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care
H David Banta
I have worked in health technology assessment (HTA) since 1975, beginning in the United States Congress Office of Technology Assessment (OTA), where we were charged with defining "medical technology assessment". My main concern in HTA has always been efficacy of healthcare interventions. After years in OTA, I was invited to the Netherlands in 1985, where the Dutch government invited me to head a special commission concerning future healthcare technology and HTA. From there, I became involved in over forty countries, beginning in Europe and then throughout the world...
April 3, 2018: International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care
Seihee Kim, Jinseub Hwang, Min Jee Kim, Jae-Young Lim, Woo Hyung Lee, Ji Eun Choi
OBJECTIVES: Rotator cuff tear is the leading cause of the decline in quality of life for older adults, but comparative evidence on treatment effectiveness is lacking. This study systematically reviewed the effects of various rotator cuff tear treatments through a Bayesian meta-analysis of the related randomized clinical trials (RCTs). METHODS: We searched nine electronic databases for RCTs evaluating rotator cuff tear treatments from their inception through June 2017...
February 22, 2018: International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care
Robert Basaza, Alison Kinegyere, Boniface Mutatina, Nelson Sewankambo
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to provide evidence about the design and implementation of policies for advancing the sustainability of knowledge translation (KT) initiatives and policies in Uganda's health system. METHODS: We searched for and reviewed evidence about KT sustainability issues in Uganda, the impacts of options, barriers to implementing these options, and implementation strategies to address such barriers. In instances where the systematic reviews provided limited evidence, these were supplemented with relevant primary studies...
January 2018: International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care
Sue Simpson, Alison Cook, Kathryn Miles
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study is to report on the experiences, benefits, and challenges of patient and public involvement and engagement (PPIE) from a publicly funded early awareness and alert (EAA) system in the United Kingdom. METHODS: Using email, telephone, a Web site portal, Twitter and focus groups, patients and the public were involved and engaged in the recognized stages of an EAA system: identification, filtration, prioritization, early assessment, and dissemination...
January 2018: International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care
David Morquin, Roxana Ologeanu-Taddei, Yatrika Koumar, Jacques Reynes
OBJECTIVES: The aims of this study are (i) to present the design of a tele-expertise system, based on the telephone and electronic patient record (EPR), which supports the counseling of the infectious diseases specialist (IDS) for appropriate antimicrobial use, in a French University hospital; and (ii) to assess the diffusion of the system, the users' adherence, and their perceived utility. METHODS: A prospective observational study was conducted to measure (i) the number and patterns of telephone calls for tele-expertise council, the number of initial and secondary assessments from the IDS and multidisciplinary meetings; (ii) the clinicians' adherence rate to therapeutic proposals by the IDS and the number of clinical situations for which the IDS decided to move to bedside; and (iii) the perceived utility of the system by the medical managers of the most demanding departments...
January 2018: International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care
Thomas G Poder, Christian A Bellemare
OBJECTIVES: Contextual data and local expertise are important sources of data that cannot be ignored in hospital-based health technology assessment (HTA) processes. Despite a lack of or unconvincing evidence in the scientific literature, technology can be recommended in a given context. We illustrate this using a case study regarding biplane angiography for vascular neurointervention. METHODS: A systematic literature review was conducted, along with an analysis of the context in our setting...
January 2018: International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care
Charalabos-Markos Dintsios, Sara Schlenkrich
OBJECTIVES: Optional scientific advice (SA) for the early benefit assessment of pharmaceuticals is offered by the German decision maker, the Federal Joint Committee (FJC). The aim of this study was to elicit manufacturers' experiences with the SA procedures offered by the FJC to date. METHODS: A preliminary survey on a small sample size was conducted. Subsequently, a questionnaire comprising eight items, which was developed on the basis of that survey, was used...
January 2018: International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care
Jonathan Karnon, Bahareh Mesgarian Haghighi, Babu Sajjad, Sokunthea Yem, Anuji Gamage, Aaron Thorpe
OBJECTIVES: Earlier treatment of publicly funded patients may achieve health gains that justify the additional costs of reducing waiting times. This study reports on the cost-effectiveness of implementing a private contracting model to meet alternative maximum waiting time targets for publicly funded patients undergoing total knee replacement surgery in Australia. METHODS: A linked decision tree and cohort Markov model was developed and populated and validated using secondary data sources to represent the pathways, costs, and quality adjusted life-years (QALYs) gained of non-urgent patients with alternative waiting times for total knee replacement surgery to a maximum age of 100 years...
January 2018: International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care
Vladimir Vukovic, Carlo Favaretti, Walter Ricciardi, Chiara de Waure
OBJECTIVES: Evaluation is crucial for integration of e-Health/m-Health into healthcare systems and health technology assessment (HTA) could offer sound methodological basis for these evaluations. Aim of this study was to look for HTA reports on e-Health/m-Health technologies and to analyze their transparency, consistency and thoroughness, with the goal to detect areas that need improvement. METHODS: PubMed, ISI-WOS, and University of York - Centre for Reviews and Dissemination-electronic databases were searched to identify reports on e-Health/m-Health technologies, published up until April 1, 2016...
January 2018: International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care
Kei Long Cheung, Mickaël Hiligsmann, Maximilian Präger, Teresa Jones, Judit Józwiak-Hagymásy, Celia Muñoz, Adam Lester-George, Subhash Pokhrel, Ángel López-Nicolás, Marta Trapero-Bertran, Silvia M A A Evers, Hein de Vries
OBJECTIVES: Economic decision-support tools can provide valuable information for tobacco control stakeholders, but their usability may impact the adoption of such tools. This study aims to illustrate a mixed-method usability evaluation of an economic decision-support tool for tobacco control, using the EQUIPT ROI tool prototype as a case study. METHODS: A cross-sectional mixed methods design was used, including a heuristic evaluation, a thinking aloud approach, and a questionnaire testing and exploring the usability of the Return of Investment tool...
January 2018: International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care
Anne-Françoise Audrain-Pontevia, Loick Menvielle
OBJECTIVES: Online Health Communities (OHCs) are increasingly being used by patients in the Web 2.0 era. Today's patients have instant access to a great deal of medical information and contacts. Despite the considerable development of OHCs, little is known regarding the impact on the patient-physician relationship. This research aims at filling this gap and examines how interpersonal trust on peer-to-peer OHCs influences two key relational variables, namely patient trust in the physician and patient satisfaction with the physician...
January 2018: International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care
Elisabeth M Oehrlein, Jennifer S Graff, Eleanor M Perfetto, C Daniel Mullins, Robert W Dubois, Chinenye Anyanwu, Eberechukwu Onukwugha
OBJECTIVES: Peer-review publication is a critical step to the translation and dissemination of research results into clinical practice guidelines, health technology assessment (HTA) and payment policies, and clinical care. The objective of this study was to examine current views of journal editors regarding: (i) The value of real-world evidence (RWE) and how it compares with other types of studies; (ii) Education and/or resources journal editors provide to their peer reviewers or perceive as needed for authors, reviewers, and editors related to RWE...
January 2018: International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care
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