International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care

General Essays

Translating Technology Assessment Into Policy: Conceptual Issues and Tough Choices

Raisa B. Debera1

a1 University of Toronto


Conceptual issues arise in translating the results of technology assessment into policy. A 3 × 3 typology suggests that tough decisions occur when interventions promise increased benefit for increased cost or less benefit for less cost. These decisions are value based; technology assessment alone cannot determine who should receive an intervention and under what circumstances.