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Economic Evaluation in Child Health$
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Wendy Ungar

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199547494

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199547494.001.0001

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Health technology assessment in child health

Health technology assessment in child health

(p.289) Chapter 16 Health technology assessment in child health
Economic Evaluation in Child Health

Vania Costa

Wendy J. Ungar

Oxford University Press

The generation of high quality evidence, while a necessary condition for informed allocation decision-making, is not sufficient. Health technology assessment (HTA) is a discipline which considers not only the production of high quality health economic evidence, but also the consumption of that evidence by decision and policy makers. The first half of the chapter begins with a definition of HTA and explains how health technology assessment is conducted globally, describes who produces and uses health technology assessment, and takes a look at international health technology assessment organizations and networks. In the second half, the challenges associated with HTA in child health are described and results comparing the number and type of HTAs in children and adults are presented. The chapter ends with a discussion of the value of health technology assessment in health policy decision-making.

Keywords:   allocation decision-making, health technology assessment, HTA, health economic evidence, health policy, child health

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