Sharing And Collecting Hospital-Based Health Technology Assessment Reports Internationally: Is An Extensive Participation Of Stakeholders Realistic?

Joost Verbeek*, Mickael Hiligsmann, Americo Cicchetti, Marco Marchetti

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Objectives:The emergence of new medical technologies and budget restrictions has led to a substantial increase in the use of hospital-based health technology assessment (HB-HTA). This qualitative study explores whether there is a possibility and interest to realize the collection and dissemination of HB-HTA reports on an international scale by exploring the opinions from HB-HTA experts.Methods:A survey was designed and sent to an international group of experts knowledgeable in HB-HTA from eighteen different countries. The survey contained questions about their opinions on the collection and distribution of HB-HTA information, and about the meaningful dimensions, barriers and values about a database. The data obtained were analyzed through the method of content analysis.Results:A total of thirty-six experts (response rate of 18.3 percent) responded to the survey. The obtained data shows that all respondents agree that the collection of HB-HTA reports is useful. Moreover, 41.7 percent of respondents that are in the position of sharing HB-HTA reports (n = 24) mentioned that full HB-HTA reports can be shared. Many other respondents reported that confidentiality (45.7 percent) and investment into a database (40.0 percent) are important barriers for the dissemination of HB-HTA reports.Conclusions:There seem to be enough demand and willingness to share all or most reports by a large community of HB-HTA producers. Therefore, there is a need for a well-designed database with regular maintenance and complete, comparable, and qualitative HB-HTA reports. The database of the AdHopHTA project could potentially facilitate this process.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)527-534
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018


  • Hospital-based health technology assessment
  • Research reports
  • Information dissemination
  • Database
  • HTA

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