A rapid needs assessment of the provision of Health Technology Assessment in the south-west peninsula.

TitleA rapid needs assessment of the provision of Health Technology Assessment in the south-west peninsula.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsElston J, Stein K
JournalJournal of public health (Oxford, England)
Volume29
Issue2
Pagination157-64
Date Published2007 Jun
ISSN1741-3842
KeywordsBiomedical Technology; Decision Making; Great Britain; Humans; Interviews as Topic; Needs Assessment
AbstractBACKGROUND: Key to delivering UK policies on clinical governance, evidence-based practice and value for money is Health Technology Assessment (HTA). Despite the provision of HTAs through the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), local health organizations still undertake HTA and make decisions based on them. In some regions, capacity is provided by centralized arrangements, but in others provision is ad hoc. This rapid needs assessment evaluates the provision of HTA in the south-west peninsula, and its scope, content and quality. METHODS: We used semi-structured interviews and documentary analysis to assess the need for HTA. RESULTS: HTAs are most commonly used by drug and therapeutics committees and joint formulary committees. The scope of technologies assessed was predominantly drugs. The quality of literature review in HTAs was variable and virtually none considered value for money. Informants felt there was insufficient provision of local HTAs. Local focus and clinical engagement were seen as key to the implementation of appraisal decisions, but this was threatened by weak links with commissioning and processes to prioritize decisions across primary care trusts. CONCLUSIONS: The quality of some HTAs poses a risk to clinical and corporate governance.
DOI10.1093/pubmed/fdm001
Alternate JournalJ Public Health (Oxf)