Health technology assessment (HTA): ethical aspects.

TitleHealth technology assessment (HTA): ethical aspects.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsSacchini D, Virdis A, Refolo P, Pennacchini M, de Paula IC
JournalMedicine, health care, and philosophy
Date Published2009
KeywordsBiomedical Research; Health Care Rationing; Health Policy; Humans; Policy Making; Primary Prevention; Technology Assessment, Biomedical
Abstract"HTA is a multidisciplinary process that summarizes information about the medical, social, economic and ethical issues related to the use of a health technology in a systematic, transparent, unbiased, robust manner. Its aim is to inform the formulation of safe, effective, health policies that are patient focused, and seek to achieve best value" (EUnetHTA 2007). Even though the assessment of ethical aspects of a health technology is listed as one of the objectives of a HTA process, in practice, the integration of these dimensions into reports remains limited. The article is focused on four points: 1. the HTA concept; 2. the difficult HTA-ethics relationship; 3. the ethical issues in HTA; 4. the methods for integrating ethical analysis into HTA.
Alternate JournalMed Health Care Philos