Applying the AHP in Health Economic Evaluations of New Technology.

J. Marjan Hummel, Lotte Maria Gertruda Steuten, Catharina Gerarda Maria Groothuis-Oudshoorn, Maarten Joost IJzerman

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Much research in health care is devoted to health economical modelling. Even though the Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) is increasingly being applied in health care, its value to health economical modelling is still unrecognized. We explored the value of using AHP-derived results in a health economic model. We applied the AHP to provide input for a health economic evaluation of a new technology to diagnose breast cancer. No clinical data were available about the sensitivity and specificity of this technology. By means of the AHP, an expert panel estimated the sensitivity and specificity to be used in this model. Moreover, additional criteria including patient comfort and risks could be added to the health economic model. On the basis of the methodology suggested, the AHP proved to be feasible to support a comprehensive health economical evaluation of new technology, where clinical evidence is not yet available, or incomplete
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the XI Symposium ISAHP 2011
Pagesnr. 112-1/7
ISBN (Print)1556-8296
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jun 2011
EventThe XI Symposium ISAHP 2011, Sorento, Italy: Proceedings of the XI Symposium ISAHP 2011 -
Duration: 15 Jun 201118 Jun 2011


ConferenceThe XI Symposium ISAHP 2011, Sorento, Italy


  • METIS-284458
  • health economic model
  • methodological development
  • diagnostic technology
  • IR-79776
  • Analytic Hierarchy Process


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