Health Technology Assessment Handbook

TitleHealth Technology Assessment Handbook
Publication TypeReport
Year of Publication2007
Secondary AuthorsBørlum Kristensen F, Sigmund H
Document Number2nd edition
Pagination189 p.
Date Published02/2008
InstitutionDanish Centre for Health Technology Assessment, National Board of Health (DACEHTA)
Report Number978-87-7676-649-8
KeywordsHandbooks [Publication Type]; Technology Assessment, Biomedical
AbstractThe present handbook deals with Health Technology Assessment (HTA) and is pub- lished in an English and a Danish version. HTA is connected with a systematic, research-based approach, but there is no single method or one delimited research field. Rather, HTA is characterised by an approach characterised as being interdisciplinary and versatile and in which the scientific basis builds upon theories and methods from a number of different research disciplines. The broad approach in HTA should be viewed in light of the fact that the analyses encompass four very different key elements of technology, patient, organisation and economy. In addition to these elements, ethical aspects may also be incorporated in the analyses. The course of an HTA consists of many components – some are process-related, while others concern the analyses. They are often interconnected and may be handled in parallel, in an overlapping fashion or related to earlier steps in the process. The complexity that characterizes HTA is also reflected in the content and structure of this handbook. Twenty-one authors with widely differing backgrounds of specialization have contributed to the development of the book. This multidisciplinary approach is exemplified in a number of methodological chapters, in which two or three authors have contributed to the same overall subject on the basis of their scientific understand- ing. Regardless of the diversity, however, a common aim is pursued in the context of HTA, namely to seek the highest possible level of evidence.