Abstract: Aim: To explore the factors that may enhance or reduce the prospects for public involvement in health technology assessment (HTA) agencies.
Methods: 42 semi-structured telephone interviews with staff members in HTA agencies, academics, policy makers and members of patient and service user groups in Canada, Denmark and the UK.
Findings/ Recommendations: Four key factors appear to be influential:
1. The role of the International HTA community in disseminating and promoting practice ideas.
2. Limits on time and resources and the need for rapid and efficient processes in HTA.
3. Political leadership and the allocation of support/ resources from government.
4. Senior staff/ leaders within the HTA community championing public involvement.
The authors conclude that evidence from robust evaluation of public involvement in HTA would help to promote its practice in future.
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Categories: health public health nature and extent of public involvement in research journal article
Date Entered: 2014/11/05
Date Edited: 2014/11/05