Integrating Ethics in HTA – Methods and Merits

Dario Sacchini, Pietro Refolo, B Hofmann, Gj Van Der Wilt, K Bond, W Oortwijn, Bakke Lysdahl

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Background: Ethics has been identified as a key element in health technology assessment (HTA) since its conception in the 1970s . A wide variety of methods for addressing ethical issues in HTA are available . Some of these are specially developed for use in HTA . Despite the constitutive role of ethics in HTA and the fact that many methods are available, ethics is still rarely addressed explicitly in HTA reports . This has prompted attention to why ethics should be integrated in HTA and less to how ethics can be integrated in HTA in a fruitful manner . Description/Objectives: The panel will demonstrate various ways that ethics can be integrated in HTA and to discuss their merits . The objective is to facilitate HTA agencies’ assessment of how to integrate ethics in their HTA work . An outline of various ways of integrating ethics in HTA will be illustrated by examples from HTA reports and publications . Various kinds of result based and process based integration will be presented and discussed . Checklist approaches will be compared to focus group approaches . Ethics
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHTAi 2014 - 11th Annual Meeting
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2014
EventHTAi 2014 - 11th Annual Meeting - Washington
Duration: 13 Jun 201418 Jun 2014


ConferenceHTAi 2014 - 11th Annual Meeting


  • health technology assessment


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