Ethical perspectives on health technology assessment.

TitleEthical perspectives on health technology assessment.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2004
Authorsten Have H
JournalInternational journal of technology assessment in health care
Volume20
Issue1
Pagination71-6
Date Published2004 Winter
ISSN0266-4623
KeywordsFrance; Great Britain; Netherlands; Policy Making; Social Change; Sweden; Technology Assessment, Biomedical
AbstractThis study analyses why ethical aspects play a minor role in health technology assessment (HTA) studies, even when comprehensive approaches of technology assessment are advocated. Technology is often regarded as a value-neutral tool. At the same time, bioethics is dominated by an engineering model. Ethical contributions to evaluation of medical technology should go beyond issues of application in clinical practice and focus also on the definition of problems, the demarcation of technical and nontechnical issues, and the morally problematic implications of technologies.
Alternate JournalInt J Technol Assess Health Care