HEDS is part of the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) at the University of Sheffield. We undertake research, teaching, training and consultancy on all aspects of health related decision science, with a particular emphasis on health economics, HTA and evidence synthesis.

Monday, 23 March 2015

National uptake of EUnetHTA’s outputs

This is now being reported on the EUnetHTA website.  "National uptake" is defined as the general implementation of any EUnetHTA output (i.e. joint assessments, submission templates, guidelines, POP Database, HTA Core Model®, etc.) in a local (national/regional) setting. No instances are listed.

They are also monitoring "National adaptation", defined as a specific type of national uptake, i.e. the use of the EUnetHTA joint assessment results in national/regional setting. The purpose of national adaptation is to avoid duplication, to promote good practices in HTA processes and to effectively use time and financial resources.  The minimum requirement for a national adaptation is inclusion of a explicit reference to the EUnetHTA joint assessment on which the local report was based.  There are six instances listed; 3 in Austria, 1 in Croatia, 1 in Norway and 1 in The Netherlands.

Is this a cost-effective use of resources?