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Processes

Subject selection

Interested parties (e.g. sponsorship organisation, service providers, authorities) and the general public propose subjects for HTA reports. These are prioritised by specified criteria. The executive committee decides on the issues to be addressed.

Assignment

The executive committee commissions a specialist team (usually a university institute) with the drawing up of the assessment report.

Scoping

In the context of scoping, the questions to be processed are specified and defined in detail. Medical specialists and other stakeholders are involved and invited to comment upon the issues determined. 

Assessment

The assessment team (as a rule, specialists from university institutions) conducts systematic searches of the literature on existing research results in the areas of clinical effectiveness and safety, as well as health economic analysis. 

The evidence currently available is critically evaluated and, where possible, is summarised with suitable statistical methods. If necessary, in the context of health economic analysis, reevaluations are carried out on the basis of Swiss data. The assessment team draws up a report summarising the existing results. After its completion, the stakeholders will once more be invited to comment on the report at a hearing. 

Appraisal

On the basis of the assessment report, the scoping documents preceding it and the stakeholders’ feedback, the council of experts assesses the results presented in the assessment report and then formulates recommendations.

Publication and dissemination

The appraisal report is accepted by the executive committee and published. In addition to publication on this website, depending on subject, other formats (e.g. specialist articles) will also be taken into account. The executive committee decides on other measures for distribution to the interested parties and for the implementation of recommendations.