The movement towards increasing patient involvement in HTA

Historically, patient involvement in health technology assessment (HTA) processes and decision-making has been limited. In recent years there has been a drive to reverse this for two main reasons:

  • firstly, patient participation can enhance trust in the HTA decision-making process and acceptance of the resulting decisions;
  • and secondly, patients are able to contribute valuable first-hand knowledge of living with a health condition[1]. Patients are the experts on quality of life and provide a different perspective on the impact of certain side effects and disease symptoms

 

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