Health technology assessment in Catalonia: an overview of past and future perspectives.

TitleHealth technology assessment in Catalonia: an overview of past and future perspectives.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
Authorsde Solà-Morales O, Granados A
JournalInternational journal of technology assessment in health care
Volume25 Suppl 1
Date Published2009 Jul
KeywordsCost-benefit analysis; Delivery of health Care; History, 20th Century; History, 21st Century; Politics; Spain; Technology Assessment, Biomedical
AbstractOBJECTIVES: The current and past situation of health technology assessment (HTA) in Catalonia is presented in this study. METHODS: The approach used here is a historical review of facts and landmarks. RESULTS: Spain has undergone radical change in many aspects, but the changes in healthcare provision have been major indeed. Catalonia has had the ability to benefit from these changes and has been able to build upon professionals' experience and expertise to development a consistent HTA network and continuous evaluation paradigm. The early involvement of the Catalan Agency for Health Technology Assessment (CAHTA) in several relevant HTA international initiatives and the relationship of CAHTA and Research with other HTA agencies in Spain is also stressed. CONCLUSIONS: HTA is currently of common use in Catalonia for decision making at different levels. Now emphasis has to be put on the coming challenges that the HTA community will have to face in the coming years: uncontrolled demand, capacity scarcity, a rapidly evolving knowledge frontier, and insufficient input from the economic sphere into evaluations.
Alternate JournalInt J Technol Assess Health Care