Newsletter #6
Welcome to the sixth and final edition of the INTEGRATE-HTA newsletter

After three years, the INTEGRATE-HTA project has officially been completed on 31 December 2015. This issue of the newsletter will be the final one and we are excited to inform you on the results of the project. Moreover, you will find details on the INTEGRATE-HTA final conference, which took place on 12-13 November 2015 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. We also provide views from speakers at our final conference regarding the usefulness of the project results and the conference. Finally, you can read about our dissemination activities as well as future activities.

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The project teamThe INTEGRATE-HTA project team


Results of the INTEGRATE-HTA project
To address current health needs, increasingly complex health technologies are offered. This means that decision-makers need to be informed by HTAs that provide an integrated perspective on effectiveness, economic, ethical, legal and socio-cultural aspects of complex technologies, taking into account the heterogeneity of patient characteristics, as well as context and implementation issues. INTEGRATE-HTA aimed to develop methodological guidances for such assessments through 8 Work Packages (WP). In total, the project led to the following six guidances:

  • Guidance on the integrated assessment of complex health technologies – The INTEGRATE-HTA Model
  • Guidance for assessing effectiveness, economic aspects, ethical aspects, socio-cultural aspects and legal aspects in complex technologies
  • Guidance for the assessment of treatment moderation and patients’ preferences
  • Guidance for the Assessment of Context and Implementation in Health Technology Assessments (HTA) and Systematic Reviews of Complex Interventions: The Context and Implementation of Complex Interventions (CICI) Framework
  • Guidance on the use of logic models in health technology assessments of complex interventions
  • Guidance on choosing qualitative evidence synthesis methods for use in health technology assessments of complex interventions
All developed methods and concepts were applied in a case study on palliative care, which is described in the Case Study Report: Integrated assessment of home based palliative care with and without reinforced caregiver support: ‘A demonstration of INTEGRATE-HTA methodological guidances’ – Executive Summary. Feedback from the case study was subsequently used to adapt methods and concepts for broader application in the assessment of other complex technologies. As a final step, all deliverables have been reviewed for applicability and relevance by an External Expert Panel. In this news item we present short abstracts describing each of the guidances as well as the Case Study Report. At the end of each abstract links to the full documents are provided Read more

“Getting HTA right for everyone, and having everyone represented who needs a voice, is perhaps the biggest challenge facing the world of HTA. Openness to different perspectives, and a willingness to engage with multiple disciplines is essential. Although we don’t yet have all the answers, INTEGRATE-HTA is showing the way forward.” (Dr. Tom Ling, RAND Europe, Cambridge, United Kingdom)

The INTEGRATE-HTA final conference, 12-13 November 2015
On 12-13 November 2015 the final conference of the INTEGRATE-HTA project took place in the elegant surroundings of Conference Centre De Bazel, a national monument in the city centre of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The main purpose of the conference was to present the results, to get feedback on the methodological developments and draft guidances, and to discuss the implications of the project for HTA agencies and health service commissioners and providers across Europe. The project team was joined by many colleagues from HTA agencies, research organisations, academic institutions and other experts in the field. In total approximately 65 people from around the globe attended for two days of discussion and debate. The discussions and feedback from external reviewers and conference attendees were invaluable in producing the final guidances and the Case Study Report and ensuring they are as relevant and useful as possible to both the health services research communities and the HTA agencies Read more

“INTEGRATE-HTA provides HTA agencies with an interesting and innovative set of new tools.” (PD Dr. med. Stefan Sauerland, MPH, IQWiG, Cologne, Germany)

Dissemination activities
We are happy to inform you that the INTEGRATE-HTA guidances, as well as the Case Study Report are now available on our project website. Moreover, we have added new (inter)national conference presentations (oral and poster). In this item, you can read more about one of these events: the high-level forum “HTA sans frontières” that took place on 30 October 2015 in Paris, France… Read more
Future activities
Although the INTEGRATE-HTA project has formally ended, we are planning future activities to disseminate our results further and keep all interested stakeholders informed. To that end, we are in contact with HTA agencies and other institutes about the potential application of the guidances, we are planning dissemination activities through (poster) presentations at (inter)national conferences, and we will maintain our project website… Read more
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