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National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Programme research funding and UK burden of disease

National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Programme research funding and UK burden of disease
National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Programme research funding and UK burden of disease

Background: HTA Programme funding is governed by the need for evidence and scientific quality, reflecting funding of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) by the NHS. The need criterion incorporates covering the spectrum of diseases, but also taking account of research supported by other funders. This study compared the NIHR HTA Programme portfolio of research with the UK burden of disease as measured by Disability-adjusted Life Years (DALYs). 


Methods: A retrospective cross-sectional study using a cohort of all funded primary research and evidence syntheses projects received by the HTA Programme from April 2011 to March 2016 (n = 363); to determine the proportion of spend by disease compared with burden of disease in the UK calculated using 2015 UK DALY data. 


Results: The programme costing just under £44 million broadly reflected UK DALY burden by disease. Spend was lower than disease burden for cancer, cardiovascular and musculoskeletal diseases, which may reflect the importance of other funders, notably medical charities, which concentrate on these diseases. 

Conclusion: The HTA Programme spend, adjusted for other relevant funders, broadly matches disease burden in the UK; no diseases are being neglected.

Burden of disease, Disability-adjusted life years, Funding, Health Technology Assessment Programme, National Institute for Health Research
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Chinnery, Fay
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Bashevoy, Gemma
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Blatch-Jones, Amanda
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Douet, Lisa
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Puddicombe, Sarah
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Raftery, James
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Bashevoy, Gemma
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Douet, Lisa
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Puddicombe, Sarah
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Chinnery, Fay, Bashevoy, Gemma, Blatch-Jones, Amanda, Douet, Lisa, Puddicombe, Sarah and Raftery, James (2018) National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Programme research funding and UK burden of disease. Trials, 19 (1). (doi:10.1186/s13063-018-2489-7).

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Abstract

Background: HTA Programme funding is governed by the need for evidence and scientific quality, reflecting funding of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) by the NHS. The need criterion incorporates covering the spectrum of diseases, but also taking account of research supported by other funders. This study compared the NIHR HTA Programme portfolio of research with the UK burden of disease as measured by Disability-adjusted Life Years (DALYs). 


Methods: A retrospective cross-sectional study using a cohort of all funded primary research and evidence syntheses projects received by the HTA Programme from April 2011 to March 2016 (n = 363); to determine the proportion of spend by disease compared with burden of disease in the UK calculated using 2015 UK DALY data. 


Results: The programme costing just under £44 million broadly reflected UK DALY burden by disease. Spend was lower than disease burden for cancer, cardiovascular and musculoskeletal diseases, which may reflect the importance of other funders, notably medical charities, which concentrate on these diseases. 

Conclusion: The HTA Programme spend, adjusted for other relevant funders, broadly matches disease burden in the UK; no diseases are being neglected.

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Accepted/In Press date: 22 January 2018
e-pub ahead of print date: 2 February 2018
Keywords: Burden of disease, Disability-adjusted life years, Funding, Health Technology Assessment Programme, National Institute for Health Research

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Local EPrints ID: 417977
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/417977
ISSN: 1745-6215
PURE UUID: 131d22f5-d51e-48cf-a70f-dd06a64bb863
ORCID for Fay Chinnery: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-8082-9016
ORCID for Gemma Bashevoy: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-2727-7523
ORCID for Amanda Blatch-Jones: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-1486-5561
ORCID for Lisa Douet: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-1569-4802

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Date deposited: 20 Feb 2018 17:30
Last modified: 03 Dec 2019 01:52

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