About the HTAi Interest Group on Information Retrieval (IRG)
The HTAi Interest Group on Information Retrieval (IRG) of HTAi is an Interest Sub-Group for individuals who provide the information resources, conduct research, and develop information management issues that support HTA decision making.
Members of the IRG are staff members of HTA organizations, government departments and agencies, for profit and not for profit firms, consultants and experts, and all those who use, provide, or otherwise support HTA information needs.
Among its activities, the group develops and maintains the HTAi Vortal.
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About the HTAi vortal
The HTAi vortal aims at organising at one place information of interest about Health Technology Assessment (HTA).
The HTAi Vortal was first launched in 2005 as a section of the HTAi website; a Google custom search engine was added in 2007. The HTAi Vortal was maintained until 2010 by Elaine Alligood and Megan Brenshaw and listed over 410 resources organised into 12 categories.
In 2010, the management of the Vortal was taken over by a new editorial team: Patrice Chalon and Sigrid Droste. Users were surveyed in order to evaluate the future development the Vortal should receive. As a result, a new infrastructure was developped: the Vortal version 2 was launched in 2012 as a dedicated website based on the Open Source Content Management System Drupal with a dedicated module allowing to manage references in a very profesionnal way. The Vortal version 2 also introduced a new structure by splitting the former unique structure into 3 sections: HTA Producers and networks, Selected resources and Career developement.
In 2011, a new project developped within the IRG identified the Vortal as a good publication plateform for its output; SuRe Info became thus the fourth section of the Vortal.
In 2014, the Vortal extended the services offered by hosting the first "custom bibliography" developed by another HTAi ISG.
In 2015, new editorial teams joined the Vortal.
About HTA producers and networks
This section list:
- organisations producing HTA reports
- networks of such organisations
Organisation of the section
Access is organised by world area:
- The full list of organisations can be filtered by world area or country; but also sorted by organisation's name, world area or country;
- Each World area list may be sorted by organisation's name or country;
- A Google customized search engine allows to search the content of the websites selected in this section.
Content of the descriptions
Each organisation is described with the following fields:
- Name of the organisation
- English name of the organisation
- Description of the Organisation
- URL of the Website
- Link to projects' list
- Link to publications' list
- Link to scholarships, internships, fellowships at this agency
- Link to jobs at this agency
Also available on the organisation description page, a selection of bibliographical resources about the organisation of the health system of its country. The full reference is available in the bibliography section of the HTAi vortal, including a link to the full text.
About Selected Resources
This section lists web resources in the field of Health Technology Assessment.
Organisation of the section
Resources are organised following a topic taxonomy
- HTA domains
- HTA guides
- HTA implementation
- Dissemination of HTA reports
- HTA in context
- HTA Networks
Domains of HTA
- Health problem and current use of technology
- Description and technical characteristics of technology
- Diagnostic accuracy
- Screening tests
- Clinical effectiveness
- Costs and economic evaluation
- Ethical analysis
- Organizational aspects
- Social aspects
- Legal aspects
Further topics of interest
- Stakeholders involvement
- HTA and policy
- HTA and settings
- Impact evaluation
Content of the descriptions
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- Implementation of the new structure
- Update of the selected resources
- Revision of the structure
- Revisionof the concept (limitation of the amount of the resources per category)
- Update of the selected resources
- Update of the technical infrastructure
- Import of resources selected in the former vortal (Websites of organisations, and conferences are not imported into this section of the Vortal)
About SuRe Info
Summarized Research in Information Retrieval for HTA (SuRe Info) is a section of the HTAi Vortal that provides research-based information relating to the information retrieval aspects of producing systematic reviews and health technology assessments. SuRe Info seeks to help information specialists to stay up-to-date in the latest developments in their field by providing easy access to current methods papers. It supports research-based information retrieval practice.
The SuRe Info project team is:
- Julie Glanville, York Health Economics Consortium, UK
- Jaana Isojärvi, York Health Economics Consortium, UK
- Mick Arber, York Health Economics Consortium, UK
- Andrew Booth, ScHARR, University of Sheffield, UK
- Patrice Chalon, KCE, Belgium
- Dagmara Chojecki, IHE, Canada
- Chris Cooper, PenTAG, University of Exeter, UK
- Steven Duffy, Kleijnen Systematic Reviews Ltd, UK
- Su Golder, CRD, UK
- Elke Hausner, IQWiG, Germany
- Caroline Higgins, HQO, Canada
- Corinne Holubowich, HQO, Canada
- David Kaunelis, CADTH, Canada
- Ingvild Kirkehei, NIPH, Norway
- Carol Lefebvre, Lefebvre Associates Ltd, UK
- Kristin Bakke Lysdahl, University of Oslo, Norway
- Anne-Kathrin Stich, National Association of the Statutory Health Insurance, Germany
- René Spijker, Cochrane Netherlands, The Netherlands
- Lisa Tjosvold, IHE, Canada
- Siw Waffenschmidt, IQWiG, Germany
- Hannah Wood, York Health Economics Consortium, UK
- Kath Wright, CRD, UK
Information retrieval methods publications are identified by running topic-specific search strategies in selected relevant databases. Alerts are set up for the prospective identification of publications.
Research publications that fulfil the following criteria will be included in SuRe Info:
- The research question is relevant to information retrieval for HTA and the SuRe Info chapter in which it is to be included.
- The publication provides latest evidence on a specific methodological issue.
- The publication includes research findings of a completed scientific study (including reviews, evidence syntheses and theses).
- The publication describes the scientific methods used in the study.
- The research findings are still valid, i.e. have not been overtaken by technological or database changes.
- The conclusions are supported by the presented results and the results answer the research question.
- The results of the publication are generalizable or usable to other HTA information specialists or transferable to other projects or studies.
Publications fulfilling the SuRe Info inclusion criteria receive a structured abstract along with a brief critical appraisal prepared by one SuRe Info information specialist and checked by another. The key messages from the appraisals are summarized into topic-specific chapters.
SuRe Info chapters will be updated twice a year, by the end of October and the end of March.
If you know about a recent information retrieval methods publication that fulfil our inclusion criteria, and is not already included in SuRe Info, please let us know.
Organisation of SuRe Info
SuRe Info has two sections:
- Information on general search methods common across all health technologies;
- Methods to use when searching for specific aspects of health technologies. With the exception of the chapters on Diagnostic accuracy and Qualitative research, this section is based on the domain structure of the HTA Core Model®, an on-going project to standardize the structure of HTA developed by EUnetHTA.
Description of the content
- Within both sections there are chapters summarising the current research evidence.
- Each chapter provides a concise summary of the current research findings concerning a particular information retrieval aspect.
- The references listed at the end of each chapter are linked to structured appraisals of the included references, written by members of the SuRe Info project team. Links are provided to the full text of the publications, where available.
About Career development
The Career Development section provides resources to help initiate or develop a career in Health Technology Assessment.
The resources are organised into four sub-sections:
The Training sub-section provides a repository of recurring courses on topics of relevance to HTA, including research methodology, health economics, and health policy.
Background information is provided for each course, including:
- a brief description of the course
- the organising institution
- the format of the course (e.g. online, face-to-face)
- the location of the course
- whether or not there is a cost involved
- a direct link to the enrolment page for the course
The content on the Training sub-section is maintained in collaboration with INAHTA Value Network 3.
The Scholar/intern/fellow-ships sub-section provides a dedicated list of HTA agencies that provide scholarship, internship and fellow-ship opportunities. Direct links to the websites of relevant agencies are provided.
The Conferences sub-section provides a list of recurring conferences of relevance to HTA. Links are provided to the websites of agencies that host conferences.
The Jobs sub-section provides a dedicated list of HTA agencies that provide job opportunities. Direct links to the job's page on the website of relevant agencies are provided.
The bibliography section and the custom bibliographies
The bibliography of the HTAi vortal includes the description of documents cited in the different sections of the HTAi vortal provided by the HTAi Interest Group on Information Retrieval (IRG):
- HTA Agencies & Networks: references about the local health care system (only "open access" documents)
- Selected resources: see the dedicated About section
- SuRe Info: references used to create an appraisal
- Career devlopment: this section provides no reference
The bibliography of the HTAi Vortal also includes "Custom bibliographies": lists of selected references created by other Interest Sub-Groups; inclusion criteria are defined by the respective ISGs
Organisation of the bibliography section
- The bibliography section is provided as a list sorted by default by year; user may also sort by author, title or publication type
- The bibliography may be filtered based on various criteria; and is also searchable.
Organisation of the custom bibliographies
Content of the references
The references are provided with several links:
- clicking on an author (or editor) automatically lists all available publications from this author
- clicking on a keyword automatically lists all publications indexed with the same keyword
- clicking on a tag automatically lists all the publications index with the same tag by one of the ISG
- when available, a clickable URL is provided to the full text of the document
- for articles, a clickable URL is provided to the PubMed record, another uses the DOI. An additional link is provided that searches Google Scholar for this article (link to full text or citations).
The references may be exported in several biblographical formats:
- rtf: an rtf document presenting the references following a citation style (Vancouver)
- tagged = EndNote import format
- XML = EndNote XML format
- PubMed® records: Since the Bibliography module allows to populate references from PubMed®, several references are coming directly from the US National Library of Medicine (NLM). Those references may be identified thanks to the link "PubMed" at bottom of the record. This link sends you to the full PubMed® record.