Title

Health technology assessment: An evidence-based medicine perspective

Date of this Version

1-1-2012

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Details

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Glasziou. P. (2012). Health technology assessment: An evidence-based medicine perspective. Medical Decision Making, 32(1), e20-e24

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2012 HERDC submission. FoR codes: 111717; 110399

© Copyright The Author, 2012

ISSN

1552-681X

Abstract

A challenge of health technology assessment is integrating the information from different disciplines. This talk focuses on the evidence-based medicine perspective and challenges three assumptions of health technology assessment: assumptions about effectiveness, assumptions about coverage by health technology assessment, and assumptions about costs being immutable. Challenging these assumptions has several implications. First is the need for better evidence on effects: both low-volume, high-cost technologies and low-cost, high-volume technologies that are ineffective drains on health care systems’ resources. Second, cheap but effective technologies should be better promoted, as they can displace high-cost technologies. Finally, for effective but expensive technologies, we should work to lower the price and/or costs.

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