In this free online course, you’ll look at how healthcare organisations make decisions about whether we should have access to certain treatments, focusing on a key part of the information used to make these decisions – Health Technology Assessment (HTA).
Over five weeks, they’ll take you through some of the key processes that go into creating a Health Technology Assessment.
You’ll investigate how HTA can help aid decision making, by finding and bringing together a wide variety of evidence about both the effects of treatments and what they cost. You’ll discover how HTA uses sophisticated research methods and techniques, to bring this evidence together in a format that can be used in a variety of health systems around the world.
You’ll look at some of the key processes of HTA in order to answer some key questions about a new treatment, such as:
- How do we know if the treatment is of benefit?
- How can we make sense of all the evidence?
- And how is evidence of the cost of drugs used in HTA?
You’ll also explore how the final HTA report fits within the wider range of information used to make decisions about which treatments to fund.
By the end of the course, you’ll be able to explain the process which leads to potential decisions on whether or not a new health technology is adopted and funded by the NHS or another national healthcare system. You’ll be able to make an informed contribution to a discussion about NHS decisions and form your own, knowledgeable opinions about the subject.
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