International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care

Special Section: Report from the Eur-Assess Project Eur-Assess

EUR-ASSESS Project Subgroup Report on Methodology: Methodological Guidance for the Conduct of Health Technology Assessment

Dr Alessandro Liberatia1, Professor Trevor A. Sheldona2 and Professor H. David Bantaa3

a1 Mario Negri Institute, Milan, Italy

a2 NHS Centre for Reviews and Dissemination (CRD), University of York, York, England

a3 Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research (TNO), Leiden, The Netherlands

Health technology assessment (HTA) is primarily concerned with the consequences (benefits and costs) of health care and health policy decisions. Because decision making is complex and outcomes are often uncertain, it is helpful to attempt to assess the consequences. The quality of decisions can be improved by a process that provides a consistent framework for identifying and assessing health technologies.