Health technology assessment in child health

Vania Costa and Wendy J. Ungar

in Economic Evaluation in Child Health

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780199547494
Published online February 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191720055 | DOI:
 Health technology assessment in child health

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The generation of high quality evidence, while a necessary condition for informed allocation decision-making, is not sufficient. Health technology assessment (HTA) is a discipline which considers not only the production of high quality health economic evidence, but also the consumption of that evidence by decision and policy makers. The first half of the chapter begins with a definition of HTA and explains how health technology assessment is conducted globally, describes who produces and uses health technology assessment, and takes a look at international health technology assessment organizations and networks. In the second half, the challenges associated with HTA in child health are described and results comparing the number and type of HTAs in children and adults are presented. The chapter ends with a discussion of the value of health technology assessment in health policy decision-making.

Keywords: allocation decision-making; health technology assessment; HTA; health economic evidence; health policy; child health

Chapter.  5922 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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