Health technology assessment in England and Wales.

TitleHealth technology assessment in England and Wales.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2004
AuthorsStevens A, Milne R
JournalInternational journal of technology assessment in health care
Volume20
Issue1
Pagination11-24
Date Published2004 Winter
ISSN0266-4623
KeywordsEngland; Evidence-Based Medicine; Health Care Rationing; Information Dissemination; Policy Making; State Medicine; Technology Assessment, Biomedical; Wales
AbstractIn this study, we describe the current state of the Health Technology Assessment (HTA) system in England and Wales. This system rests on a distinction between assessment and appraisal and has three main strands: researcher-led HTA, the research and development program, and the HTA-NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellence) process. We outline the pressures for HTA and how it has evolved in the British National Health Service. We discuss how HTA priorities are chosen, how HTA information is collected and assessed, how HTA evidence is used, and we make some observations about its impact. In our discussion, we consider some limitations of the HTA system, its possible divergence from evidence-based health care, its centralization, and some of the key challenges for managing HTA-driven policy. But we remain hopeful that HTA can contribute to better and more explicit decision-making within England and Wales.
Alternate JournalInt J Technol Assess Health Care