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Health Technology Assessment 

We assess the effectiveness, costs and broader impact of health care interventions including tests, pharmaceuticals, devices and procedures.

Most of our HTA work is carried out as part of the NIHR Technology Assessment Reviews (TAR) programme. The programme enables rapid commissioning of HTAs including systematic reviews and economic evaluations to inform NHS decision makers. These include the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) technology appraisal programme, NICE highly specialised technologies programme, NICE diagnostic assessment programme, and other NHS bodies.

TARs address important decision problems facing the NHS, providing transparent and robust assessments of the clinical and cost effectiveness of relevant technologies. TARs are based on high quality evidence syntheses including systematic reviews and decision modelling as appropriate. They identify, critique, and highlight strengths and weaknesses of the underpinning research studies and data are synthesised using appropriate methods, with uncertainty presented clearly. See our listing of TAR projects to find out our current and completed work in this area. 

In addition to TAR assessments we are also undertaking an IPD meta-analysis and economic evaluation of co-enzyme Q-10 for secondary prevention of cardiac events in patients with heart failure funded by the NIHR HTA program and we have recently completed an IPD meta-analysis evaluating progestogen for prevention of preterm birth, funded by PCORI.

Recently completed NIHR directly funded projects include:

Interventions based on early intensive applied behaviour analysis for autistic children: a systematic review and cost-effectiveness analysis

Imaging tests for the detection of osteomyelitis: a systematic review 

Interventional management of hyperhidrosis: a systematic review and value of information analysis