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January 2018: Theme issue on INTEGRATE-HTA published in the International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care

On 20 December 2017, a theme issue on INTEGRATE-HTA was published in the International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care. This issue contains articles written by members of the project team regarding the results of the project, as well as several contributions from international HTA experts on the usefulness of INTEGRATE-HTA:

  • How to avoid giving the right answers to the wrong questions: the need for integrated assessment of complex health technologies. Ansgar Gerhardus, Wija Oortwijn, Gert Jan van der Wilt.
  • An integrated perspective on the assessment of technologies: INTEGRATE-HTA. Philip Wahlster, Louise Brereton, Jacob Burns, Björn Hofmann, Kati Mozygemba, Wija Oortwijn, Lisa Pfadenhauer, Stephanie Polus, Eva Rehfuess, Imke Schilling, Gert Jan van der Wilt, Ansgar Gerhardus
  • Stakeholder involvement throughout health technology assessment: an example from palliative care. Louise Brereton, Philip Wahlster, Kati Mozygemba, Kristin Bakke Lysdahl, Jake Burns, Stephanie Polus, Marcia Tummers, Pietro Refolo, Dario Sacchini, Wojciech Leppert, James Chilcott, Christine Ingleton, Clare Gardiner, Elizabeth Goyder.
  • Taking patient heterogeneity and preferences into account in health technology assessments. Wietske Kievit, Marcia Tummers, Ralph van Hoorn, Andrew Booth, Kati Mozygemba, Pietro Refolo, Dario Sacchini, Lisa Pfadenhauer, Ansgar Gerhardus, Gert Jan Van der Wilt.
  • Comprehensive assessment of complex technologies: integrating various aspects in health technology assessment. Kristin Bakke Lysdahl, Kati Mozygemba, Jacob Burns, Jan Benedikt Brönneke, James B. Chilcott, Sue Ward, Bjørn Hofmann.
  • A consultation guide for assessing the applicability of health technologies: a case study. Stephanie Polus, Lisa Pfadenhauer, Louise Brereton, Wojciech Leppert, Philip Wahlster, Ansgar Gerhardus, Eva Rehfuess.
  • Toward Integration in the context of health technology assessment: the need for evaluative frameworks. Gert Jan van der Wilt, Ansgar Gerhardus, Wija Oortwijn.
  • Using the INTEGRATE-HTA guidance: experience from CADTH. Ken Bond, Laura Weeks.
  • The added value of INTEGRATE-HTA guidance in the work processes of health technology assessment agencies. Gert Jan van der Wilt, Wietske Kievit, Wija Oortwijn.
  • INTEGRATE-HTA: a low- and middle-income country perspective. Leon Bijlmakers, Debjani Mueller, Rabia Kahveci, Yingyao Chen, Gert Jan van der Wilt.
  • INTEGRATE-HTA: the perspective of EUnetHTA. Kristian Lampe, Petra Schnell-Inderst.

October 2016: Webinar video now available online

On Thursday 29 September 2016 an INAHTA (International Network of Agencies for Health Technology Assessment) webinar on INTEGRATE-HTA took place. The webinar video is now available online.

October 2016: INTEGRATE-HTA workshop during the Annual Meeting of SIHTA

On 13-16 October 2016 the 9th Congresso Nazionale of the Italian Society for HTA (SIHTA) took place in Rome, Italy. During this meeting, the INTEGRATE-HTA project team gave a workshop entitled “Towards an integrated assessment of complex health interventions. Results of the European INTEGRATE-HTA project”.

5 August 2016: INTEGRATE-HTA Webinar for INAHTA Members on 29 September

On Thursday 29 September 2016 an INAHTA (International Network of Agencies for Health Technology Assessment) webinar on INTEGRATE-HTA will take place from 14:00-15:30 CEST (Brussels). During this webinar, INTEGRATE-HTA project team members will first present the project and guidances. Next, two representatives from the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH) will share their experiences with using some of the INTEGRATE-HTA guidances. Finally, there is the opportunity for participants in the webinar to ask questions to the lead researchers of the project.

Registration is open for all INAHTA members. For more information, please visit http://www.inahta.org/2016/07/upcoming-inahta-webinars/.

1 August 2016: Please find an updated overview of our publications and presentations in the downloads section of our website.

11 April 2016: Please find an updated overview of our publications in the downloads section of our website.

22 February 2016: The sixth and final edition of our project newsletter is now available online.

We would also like to inform you that in the coming months, members of the INTEGRATE-HTA project team will present work at several conferences, including the 13th Annual Meeting of Health Technology Assessment international (HTAi) and the 9th World Research Congress of the European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC):

  • From 10-14 May 2016 this year’s HTAi Annual Meeting will take place in Tokyo, Japan. During this event, project team members will give an oral presentation titled “An integrated perspective on the value of health technology – the results of the INTEGRATE-HTA project” and a poster presentation titled “Why is it difficult to integrate ethics in HTA? The epistemological reasons”.
  • The 9th World Research Congress of the EAPC will take place from 9-11 June 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. Project team members will give two oral presentations: “Effectiveness of Home-based Palliative Care” and “The Economic Potential of Interventions to Support Carers in Home Palliative Care”. In addition, three abstracts were accepted for print in an online special edition of Palliative Medicine by Sage Journals: “Stakeholder Involvement in Health Technology Assessment: A Palliative Care Case Study Exemplar“, “Complexity in Palliative Care: Implications for Health Technology Assessment“, and “Contextual Enablers and Barriers to the Implementation of Home-based Palliative Care Interventions“.

15 February 2015: Results of the INTEGRATE-HTA project available online
We are excited to inform you that the INTEGRATE-HTA guidances, as well as the Case Study Report on Palliative Care (in which we applied the developed guidances), are now published in the downloads section of this website.

December 2015: On 12/13 November the final conference of the INTEGRATE-HTA-Project took place in Conference Centre de Bazel, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. During the conference, the results of the project were presented and discussed with representatives of various European HTA agencies, research organisations, academic instiutions and other experts in the field. The conference was also attended by two lay representatives who presented the public, patient and carers’ perspectives on the value of a more integrated and holistic approached to HTA.The discussions and feedback from external reviewers and conference attendees will be invaluable in producing the final guidances and case study report and ensuring they are as relevant and useful as possible to both the health services research communities and the HTA agencies.

30 October 2015: The fifth edition of the INTEGRATE-HTA project newsletter is now available online and includes, amongst other things, information on the INTEGRATE-HTA final conference, which will take place on 12-13 November in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

25 August 2015: Registration for the INTEGRATE-HTA Final Conference on 12/13 November in Conference Centre de Bazel, Amsterdam, the Netherlands is now open.

During the conference, the results of the project will be presented and representatives of various European HTA agencies and other experts in the field will act as referees. They will address the question whether the proposed concepts and methodology would fit within their remit and whether it is likely to produce information that is relevant to their context.

For more information on the conference, please see the invitation and the programme.

To register for the INTEGRATE-HTA final conference, please click here.

25 June 2015: During the 12th Annual Meeting of HTAi in Oslo, Norway, in June 2015, project team members have presented the project and work on the INTEGRATE-HTA process model and a systematic review of approaches to integrate different dimensions in HTA. These presentations are now available online.

19 May 2015: The posters that have been presented by project team members during the 14th World Congress of the European Association of Palliative Care (EAPC) in Copenhagen, Denmark are now available online.

23 April 2015: The fourth edition of the INTEGRATE-HTA project newsletter is now available online and includes a ‘save the date’ for the INTEGRATE-HTA conference:

Save the date: 12-13 Nov 2015 in Amsterdam – INTEGRATE-HTA conference
Results of the project will be presented and discussed at the final conference in November 2015.

Who should attend?
The findings of the project are relevant for HTA agencies, health policy-makers, healthcare professionals, patients, insurers, industry, and the public.

When and where?
November 12 – 13, 2015 at De Bazel Conference Centre, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

27 February 2015:  As part of the research conducted for WP5, the concepts, “context” and “implementation” were analyzed using pragmatic utility concept analysis, to create a common understanding for their use within systematic reviews and HTA. The results were published in the German journal Zeitschrift für Evidenz, Fortbildung und Qualität im Gesundheitswesen (Pfadenhauer, LM et al. Context and implementation: A concept analysis towards conceptual maturity. Zeitschrift für Evidenz, Fortbildung und Qualität im Gesundheitswesen. Available online 18 February 2015).

29 December 2014: A project team member presented the INTEGRATE-HTA project during an HTA theme meeting on International Collaboration organised by the Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development (ZonMw) on 8 December 2014,  in The Hague, the Netherlands. This presentation is now available on our project website.

1 December 2014: The third edition of the INTEGRATE-HTA project newsletter is now available online. Moreover, the abstracts and presentations that have been presented during the ninth biennial INVOLVE conference in Birmingham, United Kingdom are now available on our website.  

14 November 2014: As one of the four EU projects on Health Technology Assessment funded under the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7-Health-2012-Innovation), the INTEGRATE-HTA project was invited to present the project aims and interim results at the EUnetHTA-conference in Rome (Italy) from 30-31 October 2014. For this purpose, the INTEGRATE-HTA representatives presented a poster and distributed the new project flyer. Both the poster and the new project flyer are available on our website.

12 September 2014: As of 11 September 2014, the INTEGRATE-HTA project page on the website HorizonHealth.eu is online. This project profile has been completed as part of our membership of the CommHERE network, which is an EU funded project that aims to enhance the exposure of European health research to a broader public.

18 July 2014: During the 8th World Research Conference of the European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC), which took place in Lleida (Spain) members of the project team presented two posters: “Comparison of Topics Raised by Service Commissioners, Providers and Users in a Health Technology Assessment of Palliative Care in Six European Countries” and “Methodological, Ethical and Governance Issues for Patient and Public Involvement in a European Health Technology Assessment of Palliative Care”. Moreover, during the 11th Annual Meeting of Health Technology Assessment international (HTAi), which took place in Washington (United States), project team members presented work on “Integrating Patients’ Perspectives, Context, and Implementation in the Assessment of Complex Health Technologies” and “Optimal search strategies for identifying moderators of treatment outcome in PubMed” and organised a panel session entitled: “Scoping as a means to systematically involve patients and public in Health Technology Assessment (HTA)”. Abstracts and presentations are now available online.

25 June 2014: At the Campbell Collaboration Colloquium 2014 in Belfast, Northern Ireland, a project team member presented work on developing logic models for a systematic review on e-learning to increase evidence-based health care competencies- presented. The presentation is now available online.

13 June 2014: During the INVOLVE Conference, which will take place in Birmingham (United Kingdom) in November 2014, project team members will present a poster entitled “The Sheffield experience of patient and public involvement (PPI) in the INTEGRATE-HTA project” and a paper entitled “International experiences of patient and public involvement (PPI) in the INTEGRATE-HTA project”.

2 May 2014: The second edition of the INTEGRATE-HTA newsletter is now available online.

15 April 2014: During the 15th Congress of the German Network of Evidence Based Medicine in Halle, Germany, project team member presented work on the integration of relevant issues and values in HTA within the framework of INTEGRATE-HTA and the objectives, workflow and preliminary results of the INTEGRATE-HTA project. The poster presentations are now available online.

4 April 2014: The 10th Palliative Care Congress took place from 12-14 March 2014 at the Harrogate International Centre, UK.  During this event, a member of the INTEGRATE-HTA project team presented work on public and patient involvement in scope development for a palliative care HTA in Europe. The abstract and poster presentation can be downloaded here.

31 January 2014: From 5-7 June 2014, the 8th World Research Conference of the European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC) takes place in Lleida, Spain. During this event, members of the project team will present two posters entitled: “Comparison of Topics Raised by Service Commissioners, Providers and Users in a Health Technology Assessment of Palliative Care in Six European Countries” and “Methodological, Ethical and Governance Issues for Patient and Public Involvement in a European Health Technology Assessment of Palliative Care”

31 January 2014: During the 11th Annual Meeting of Health Technology Assessment international (HTAi), which takes place in Washington (United States) from 14-18 June 2014,  project team members will organise a panel session entitled: “Scoping as a means to systematically involve patients and public in Health Technology Assessment (HTA)”. In addition several abstracts for oral and poster presentations have been accepted.

21 November 2013: From 13-16 November 2013 the 6th European Public Health Conference took place in Brussels, Belgium. During this event, a member of the INTEGRATE-HTA project team presented work on public and patient involvement in HTA. The abstract and poster presentation can be downloaded here.

22 October 2013: The first edition of the INTEGRATE-HTA newsletter is now available online.

15 October 2013: From 19-23 September 2013 the annual Colloquium of the Cochrane Collaboration took place in Quebec, Canada. During  this event, members of the INTEGRATE-HTA project team presented work on key domains of context and implementation and their assessment as well as the use of logic models in systematic reviews/HTA of complex health interventions. Both abstracts, the presentation on context and implementation, and the poster presentation on logic models can be downloaded here.

19 July 2013: A presentation on the project is now available for download here

15 May 2013: The INTEGRATE-HTA project flyer is now available for download here

Events

5 August 2016: INTEGRATE-HTA Webinar for INAHTA Members on 29 September

On Thursday 29 September 2016 an INAHTA (International Network of Agencies for Health Technology Assessment) webinar on INTEGRATE-HTA will take place from 14:00-15:30 CEST (Brussels). During this webinar, INTEGRATE-HTA project team members will first present the project and guidances. Next, two representatives from the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH) will share their experiences with using some of the INTEGRATE-HTA guidances. Finally, there is the opportunity for participants in the webinar to ask questions to the lead researchers of the project.

Registration is open for all INAHTA members. For more information, please visit http://www.inahta.org/2016/07/upcoming-inahta-webinars/.

12-13 Nov 2015 in Amsterdam: INTEGRATE-HTA conference – Save the date
What it is:
Health technology assessment (HTA) is defined as “the systematic evaluation of properties, effects, and/or impacts of health technology”. Despite considerable achievements in recent years, contemporary HTA is not equipped for an adequate assessment of complex health technologies.

The EU-supported project INTEGRATE-HTA has developed concepts and methods for a comprehensive, patient–centred, and integrated assessment of complex technologies. The methods have been applied on the case of palliative care. This has led to several guidances for integrated assessments of complex health technologies.

Results of the project will be presented and discussed at the final conference in November 2015.

Who should attend?
The findings of the project are relevant for HTA agencies, health policy-makers, healthcare professionals, patients, insurers, industry, and the public.

When and where?
November 12 – 13, 2015 at De Bazel Conference Centre, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

2-7 November 2014: Annual meeting in Rome
This year’s annual project team meeting will take place from 2-7 November 2014 and will be hosted by the Institute of Bioethics of the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Rome, Italy. 

30-31 October 2014: EUnetHTA-conference 2014 “HTA 2.0 Europe – Teaming up for Value” in Rome
As one of the four EU projects on Health Technology Assessment funded under the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7-Health-2012-Innovation), the INTEGRATE-HTA project was invited to present the project aims and interim results at the EUnetHTA-conference in Rome (Italy) from 30-31 October 2014. For this purpose, the INTEGRATE-HTA representatives presented a poster and distributed the new project flyer. More specifically, we informed the audience (around 450 participants) e.g. about the development of the methodological draft guidances for assessing complex health technologies and their application in the case study on palliative care. The poster describes some of the interim results as well as the project process. Both the poster and the new project flyer are available on our project website.

3-7 November 2013: Annual meeting in Sheffield
From 3-7 November, the annual INTEGRATE-HTA project team meeting took place in Sheffield, United Kingdom. This meeting was hosted by the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) of the University of Sheffield and took place at the John Carr Library, in the Sir Frederick Mappin Building. Up to six representatives per partner attended the meeting along with Hindrik Vondeling, University of Southern Denmark, from the advisory board, who was representing EUnetHTA.

After enjoying a common dinner on Sunday evening, 3 November, to informally kick-off the annual meeting, the project team members engaged in three days of fruitful discussions. The discussions included, amongst other things, methodological approaches, progress in each of the Work Packages, the scoping exercise for the case study on palliative care, the issue of complexity and the fine-tuning of timelines. Moreover,  we discussed publication drafts and elaborated on (the set-up of) the draft guidances for ethical, socio-cultural and ecProject team and Jeremy Wightonomic aspects, for patient preferences and patient specific moderators and for context, setting and implementation. Although the schedule was packed, there was some time available for other activities, such as visiting Jeremy Wight, the Director of Public Health, at the City Hall, for a presentation on the public health system in Sheffield and a discussion on how it compares to the systems in each of the partners home towns and countries. Moreover, our colleagues at ScHARR invited the rest of the project team to experience a local tradition by attending the bonfire and fireworks show on Guy Fawkes Night.

12 June 2013: Important networking activities between EUnetHTA Joint Action 2 and the 4 FP7 funded research projects on Health Technology Assessment (HTA) in Vienna
On 12 June 2013, a meeting took place between EUnetHTA JA 2 and the 4 FP7 funded research projects on Health Technology Assessment (HTA) in Vienna. The coordinator of EUnetHTA JA 2 invited the coordinators of INTEGRATE-HTA and of the projects on 1) the adaptation of hospital based HTA in the European Union (AdHopHTA), 2) methods for HTA of medical devices (MedTecHTA) and 3) advancing and strengthening the methodological tools and practices related to the application and implementation of HTA (ADVANCE_HTA).
After a small introduction of the objectives, research questions and methods of each project, the coordinators exchanged ideas regarding knowledge development on how HTA will benefit from a broader scientific community. To avoid duplication of work, (potential) overlap in the projects was identified and concrete plans for cooperation were made.

20-23 February 2013: Kick-off Meeting in Bremen
From 20th-23rd of February 2013 the Kick-off-meeting of INTEGRATE-HTA took place in Bremen. The meeting was hosted in the local youth hostel, overlooking the river Weser. All partners were represented by up to four scientists. From the advisory board Torben Larsen, representing EUnetHTA, took part in the meeting. Fruitful discussions took place on methodological approaches, fine-tuning timelines between work-packages, and deliverables such as publications. A guided tour through the old town, a visit to the famous Bremen town musicians, and joint dinners provided a good vibration to the collaboration.