Skip to 0 minutes and 9 secondsWelcome to the course. I'm Claire Beecroft, and I'm an Information Specialist in Health Economics and Decision Science at the School of Health and Related Research here at The University of Sheffield. During the course, we'll look at the processes of assessing and evaluating the effectiveness of a new health intervention or health technology. This process is called Health Technology Assessment or HTA for short and is undertaken by specialised research units around the world, including here at the School of Health and Related Research. We have experts in some of the key aspects of HTA, and they will each take you through the process that is undertaken to produce the final assessment.

Skip to 0 minutes and 49 secondsWe'll illustrate some of the concepts using animation and interviews with the experts, as well as more detailed articles, in-depth discussions and exercises. By the end of the course, we'll be able to explain the key practices that go into researching a new intervention. We'll know how we make sense of all the data and evidence from that research in order for an assessment to be made, and how this assessment is then put forward to the decision makers to inform their final decision on whether a new intervention, such as a new drug, will be made available to patients within healthcare systems around the world. This week, we'll learn what HTA is in more detail and learn about some of its key processes.

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Welcome to the course

Over the next four weeks, we’ll be taking you through the process of assessing and evaluating the effectiveness of a new health intervention, or health technology. This process is called Health Technology Assessment (HTA).

In this video, you’ll meet Claire Beecroft, an Information Specialist in Health Economics and Decision Science at The University of Sheffield, who will be your guide through this course.

What’s coming up?

Over four weeks, we’ll be breaking the HTA process down into five main steps:

Week 1: We’ll begin by finding out what HTA is and learning about some of it’s key processes.

Week 2: We’ll then learn how to determine whether a new treatment is of benefit and whether it has additional value.

Week 3: We’ll discover how systematic reviews can help us to make sense of a large and diverse body of evidence.

Week 4: We’ll look at the ways in which the cost of a treatment is compared to those of existing treatments and explore how the final HTA report fits within the wider range of information used to make decisions about which treatments to fund.

Each week builds on the last, so we strongly recommend you work through each week in order.

If this is your first FutureLearn course, check out the SEE ALSO section at the bottom of this page for some tips on how to get the most out of the course.

Our mentors

Throughout the course, our educators will be joined by two mentors, Hannah Penton and Kinga Lowrie, who will be joining in with the activities to encourage discussion and offer additional support and guidance.

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Health Technology Assessment: Choosing Which Treatments Get Funded

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