International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care



(The European Advisory Committee on Health Research a World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe)

H. David Banta a1
a1 Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research

The issue of evidence for decision-making, including formal policy-making and public health policy, has increased rapidly in prominence during the past few years. The term “evidence-based” was first used in health care in 1992, when Sackett and others coined the term “evidence-based medicine” (42). More recently, many have asked if public health activities are based on evidence (2;8;13;19;30).


a Members of the CommitteeDr. William Dab: Chaire Hygiéne et Sécurité du CNAM, 2 rue Conté, 75141 Paris Cedex 03Professor Emil S. Gabrielyan: Vice-President, The National Academy of Sciences of Armenia, and Director Drug and Medical Technologies Agency, Moskovyan 15. 375001 YerevanProfessor Egon Jonsson: Director, Swedish Council on Technology Assessment in Health Care (SBU), Karolinska Institute, P.O. Box 5650, 11486 StockholmProfessor José Maria Martin-Moreno: Director, Spanish Agency for Health Technology Assessment, Instituto de Salud ‘Carlos III’, Calle Sinesio Delgado 6, E-28029 MadridProfessor Martin McKee: Head, WHO Collaborating Centre for Health of Societies in Transition, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), Keppel Street, London WC1E 7HTProfessor Jorma H. Rantanen: Director-General, Institute of Occupational Health, Topeliuksenkatu 41A A, SF-00250 HelsinkiProfessor Hans-Heiner Raspe: Direktor, Medizinische Universität zu Lübeck, Institut für Sozialmedizin, Beckergrube 43-47, D-23552 LübeckProfessor Per-Gunnar Svensson: Director General, International Hospital Federation, 46-48 Grosvenor Gardens, London SW1W OEB, United KingdomDr. Tessa Edejer: Coordinator a.i., Effectiveness, Quality, Cost, Gender and Ethics, Global Programme on Evidence for Health Policy, World Health Organization, GenevaDr. Alan Lopez: Global Programme on Evidence for Health Policy (GPE/EBD), World Health Organization, GenevaDr. Elena Varavikova: Evidence and Information for Policy Cluster, Department of Health Services Delivery, FSP, World Health Organization, Geneva