The history of health technology assessment in Norway.

TitleThe history of health technology assessment in Norway.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsMørland B
JournalInternational journal of technology assessment in health care
Volume25 Suppl 1
Date Published2009 Jul
KeywordsDiffusion of Innovation; History, 20th Century; History, 21st Century; International Cooperation; Norway; Program Development; Technology Assessment, Biomedical
AbstractOBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to describe the Norwegian contribution to the broad picture of our international health technology assessment (HTA) history. METHODS: A general examination of some pre-HTA activities, as consensus conferences, closer reading of all background papers to the establishment of an HTA agency in Norway, the ongoing activities of this agency, its evaluation, and its merge into a broader knowledge center for the health services were performed. All information and statements are the authors' own understandings, but also were reviewed by some of the people taken part in these processes. RESULTS: The Norwegian HTA activity was set up rather late compared to, for instance, Sweden, and our involvement in Nordic early warning activities. This may be related to Norwegian scientists being more involved in the Cochrane Collaboration. However, when established, the HTA agency was regarded as highly successful in involving clinical experts and responding to questions arising from the macro- as well as micro-levels of decision makers. International collaboration was essential in building the capacity to serve all levels. After 6 years, the agency was merged with some related health service knowledge activities, into a new center. CONCLUSIONS: During the 10 years' time, HTA has become a well-established activity in Norway.
Alternate JournalInt J Technol Assess Health Care