Decision-makers throughout Europe have a common goal of raising health
standards in order to improve the health status of the European population.
Health service delivery is carried out under conditions of growing political and
economic complexity – rapid technological change puts pressure on healthcare
systems to add new preventive, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative
interventions to their existing arsenal of technologies. This pressure is ongoing
and it is difficult for providers of health services to live up to the expectations
of all users. Limited resources require decisions on the introduction of new
technologies and the use of those already available.
Health technology assessment (HTA) provides evidence-based input to the
policy-making processes concerning the use of technology in health services and
thereby seeks to promote evidence informed policy-making. It has the potential
to function as a mediating mechanism between policy and research domains
by providing a problem oriented systematic overview of research. However, this
is dependent upon HTA producers having a thorough and detailed knowledge
about policy-making and its conditions, and its users being aware (and having
positive experiences) of the use of HTA. This need to share knowledge and
experiences between producers and users sets the standard for future success
in ensuring evidence informed policy-making. Therefore, the utilization of
HTA in policy-making depends very much on mutual understanding and
responsiveness to user needs.
|Name||Observatory Studies Series|
|Publisher||The European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies|