HEL-3055 Health Technology Assessment and Medical Decision-making - 10 stp
The course covers the key principles of health technology assessment (HTA) and systematic review as tools to evaluate both positive and negative impacts of technologies, techniques, devices, programs and interventions used in public health. A national and international focus is taken of HTA for healthcare policy and decision making.
The course begins with an overview of the history and development of evidence-based practice and HTA. It provides an introduction to concepts of evidence, different research questions, literature searching, a range of study designs, risk of bias assessment, and understanding meta-analyses.
The course continues with an overview of ethical, organizational and related issues for decision-making and priority setting in healthcare, as well as different decision making processes on the introduction of healthcare technologies.
The student should be familiar with the principles of health technology assessment, and the role of health technology assessment in healthcare decision-making.
The student should be able to:
- Describe the concept of evidence-based practice
- Formulate research questions in a PICO format
- Apply the principles of systematic literature searching
- Assess the risk of bias in different study designs
- Explain the core principles of meta-analyses
- Identify ethical, organizational and similar issues to be analyzed in an HTA
- Explain different decision-making processes in healthcare
The course will require students' presence on campus during two teaching periods; one in January and the second in March or April. Attendance during the on-campus teaching is mandatory.
The primary method of course instruction is lectures, but there will also be seminars, class discussions and group work. Teaching is in English, but written assignments and exam may be answered in English, Norwegian, Swedish or Danish.
Compulsory assignment: One home assignment 3-5 days writing time, the paper should be 2000-2500 words long. Marked as approved or not approved. In order to take the assignment, attendance during the on-campus teaching is required.
Exam: The exam is an individual take-home written exam, which must be completed within 5 days. The paper should be 2500-3000 words, excluding tables. In order to take the exam, the obligatory assignment must be approved.
Both the assignment and exam are individual tests. They may be completed in English, Norwegian, Danish or Swedish.
Grading scale: A-E (pass) and F (fail).
If a student fails the course, an examination re-sit will be organized. Students with a valid absence from the exam will be offered a re-scheduled examination.
Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions (version 5.1.0). Chapters 5, 6, 8, 9, 13, 15, 20. Available online: http://handbook.cochrane.org/
HTA 101: Introduction to Health Technology Assessment, by Clifford Goodman 2014. Available online: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/nichsr/hta101/HTA_101_FINAL_7-23-14.pdf
Lectures Spring 2017
See schedule (timeplan) and Fronter for details.
prof. II Rigmor Berg
prof. II Rigmor Berg