Supporting decision making in cross-border regions: A health technology assessment tool for hospitals

Saskia Knies, Gloria Lombardi, Matt Commers, Hans Peter Dauben, Silvia Evers, Kai Michelsen, Wija Oortwijn, Chibuzo Opara, Helmut Brand

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Objectives: The aim of this study was to develop an health technology assessment (HTA) decision tool to support the decision-making process on health technologies for hospital decision makers in cross-border regions. Methods: Several methods were used to collect information necessary to develop the cross-border mini-HTA decision tool. The literature was inventoried on HTA in border regions and local settings and the use of HTA by local decision makers. Semi-structured interviews with hospital decision makers in cross-border regions were also performed. Based on group discussion of the resulting information, it was decided to use the Danish mini-HTA guideline as a starting point for development of the decision tool. After finishing the first version of the decision tool it was tested in two pilot studies Results: Some questions in the Danish mini-HTA guideline were not relevant. Other questions needed rephrasing and questions about cross-border situations were added. The pilots showed several missing topics, including legal questions and reimbursement issues. The final decision tool consists of three sections: a general section, a section for hospitals not cooperating cross-border and a section for hospitals that are cooperating with hospitals across a national or regional border. Conclusions: Based on our literature search, this may be the first cross-border mini-HTA decision tool. The decision tool will be of help for healthcare professionals and decision makers in border settings who would like to use HTA evidence to support their decision-making process.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)71-78
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care
Volume29
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 06-03-2013

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Knies, Saskia ; Lombardi, Gloria ; Commers, Matt ; Dauben, Hans Peter ; Evers, Silvia ; Michelsen, Kai ; Oortwijn, Wija ; Opara, Chibuzo ; Brand, Helmut. / Supporting decision making in cross-border regions : A health technology assessment tool for hospitals. In: International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care. 2013 ; Vol. 29, No. 1. pp. 71-78.
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In: International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care, Vol. 29, No. 1, 06.03.2013, p. 71-78.

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