Monday, January 6, 2014: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
Boardroom III (The Regent Hotel)
Course Type: Full Day
Course Level: Beginner

Format Requirements: This course consists of lectures, interactive group exercises and discussions. Examples from the published literature will be used to illustrate main themes in the course. The intended audience are applied researchers and policy analysts interested in gaining an understanding of: 1) performing Health Technology Assessment (HTA) and 2) using administrative data effectively to make more accurate and generalizable. Laptops with the Microsoft Excel spreadsheet program may be useful but are not required.

Background: Health Technology Assessments (HTAs) evaluate how a healthcare technology is likely to impact health outcomes, costs, care patterns, and equity if it were used in a particular healthcare system or setting. The goal is to inform policymakers considering implementation decisions and to bridge between the world of research and the very practical information required for such decision making. It involves a family of methods that often include literature review, evidence synthesis, and decision-analytic simulation modeling, and increasingly, studies of social, ethical, and patient perspectives. In an increasing number of countries, large-scale administrative databases are available to provide primary data for HTAs. For those without such resources currently, the value of such databases for a wide range of decision support is likely enhanced when one considers their use in HTA. As administrative databases become increasingly available, linkable, and data rich, methods to use them effectively for HTA become increasingly important.

By the end of the course, participants will gain

1) Understanding of the key concepts and steps to performing an HTA

2) Familiarity with HTA methods and be able to provide a detailed description of performing an HTA in a particular applied context

3) The ability to describe the organization of typical administrative data sources and the potential linkages

4) Understanding of methods for extracting, analyzing, and utilizing administrative data for HTAs

Course Description:
This full day course provides detailed information on performing Health Technology Assessments (HTA) and the increasingly important use of primary data from administrative data sources in performing such analyses. The course includes discussion of appropriate methods, motivated by applied examples with time for group discussion about HTA topics most relevant to course participants.

For introductory reading the following literature is recommended.  PDF of these articles will be emailed to participants prior to the course.

Health technology assessment: history and demand
by Andrew Stevens, Ruairidh Milne and Amanda Burls
Journal of Public Health Medicine Vol. 25, No. 2, pp. 98–101
DOI: 10.1093/pubmed/fdg022

The development of health technology assessment
David Banta
67 rue de la Roquette, 75011 Paris, France
Received 28 October 2001; accepted 26 March 2002
Health Policy 63 (2003) 121[1]/132

Clifford S. Goodman, Ph.D.
The Lewin Group
Falls Church, Virginia, USA
January 2004

Course Directors:
Jeremy Goldhaber-Fiebert, PhD and Murray D. Krahn, MD, MSc
Course Faculty:
Fiona Alice Miller and Jeffrey Hoch, PhD