Health Technology Assessment (HTA): ethical aspects

Dario Sacchini, Pietro Refolo, Andrea Virdis, Ignacio Carrasco De Paula, Maddalena Pennacchini

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


“HTA is a multidisciplinary process that summarizes information about the medical, social, economic and ethical issues related to the use of a health technology in a systematic, transparent, unbiased, robust manner. Its aim is to inform the formulation of safe, effective, health policies that are patient focused, and seek to achieve best value” (EUnetHTA 2007). Even though the assessment of ethical aspects of a health technology is listed as one of the objectives of a HTA process, in practice, the integration of these dimensions into reports remains limited. The article is focused on four points: 1. the HTA concept; 2. the difficult HTA-ethics relationship; 3. the ethical issues in HTA; 4. the methods for integrating ethical analysis into HTA.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEthics, Philosophy and Public Health
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2007
EventXXIst European Conference on Philosophy of Medicine and Health Care - Cardiff
Duration: 15 Aug 200718 Aug 2007


ConferenceXXIst European Conference on Philosophy of Medicine and Health Care


  • Health Technology Assessment (HTA)


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