Gabbay, John and Walley, Tom
Introducing new health interventions - there's still a long way to go to get health technology evidence into practice
BMJ, 332, (7533), . (doi:10.1136/bmj.332.7533.64).
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Throughout the world, healthcare innovations have put pressure on limited resources while governments and patients have demanded top quality, yet cost effective, services. This makes it increasingly difficult for anyone who plans, provides, or receives health services to judge which intervention to use—what works, how well, at what cost, for whom, in what circumstances, and with what impact? Health technology assessment (HTA) is a multidisciplinary specialty whose purpose is to bring together the evidence to answer those questions.
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