Health Technology Assessment

Before new drugs or treatments are adopted, their effectiveness and cost must be assessed.

Have you ever wondered why some drugs are made available to paitents via healthcare services such as the NHS, while others are not? This course will look at how healthcare organisations make decisions about whether we should have access to certain treatments, focussing on a key part of the information used to make these decisions – Health Technology Assessment (HTA).

We’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. We’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.

The educators for this course are based in the School of Health and Related Research and are experts in this kind of research, so you will be learning from people who are actively involved in HTA and in developing the methods used.

We’ll show you the process using animated videos and interactive exercises, and by looking at an actual completed Health Technology Assessment that went on to inform healthcare decisions in the real world.

View an example step from the course, How the media report on NICE decisions, here.

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