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Health Technology Assessment

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Our Health Technology Assessment and secondary research is focussed within Warwick Evidence. One of nine Technology Assessment Review Teams across the UK, the division is developing into a leading centre for secondary research and health technology decision making.

We have considerable Health Technology Assessment expertise within Statistics and Epidemiology and our Clinical Trials Unit. The Warwick Preventive Heart Group is an NIHR-funded programme of Cochrane systematic reviews about preventing heart disease.

Our work centres around evaluation with a strong emphasis on enabling successful adoption and dissemination within the UK and international health economy. Warwick Medical School is a founder member of the West Midlands Academic Health Sciences Network (AHSN).

The Division of Health Sciences which houses our Health Technology Assessment work includes a team of 178 health services researchers. Our researchers range from junior research fellows to senior professors. We now also have 76 Research Degree students registered in the Division of Health Sciences.

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Partnerships:

We are proud to have strong links with:

  • The National Institute for Health Research
  • The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)
  • National and international bodies such as the Nuffield Trust
  • The NHS Confederation
  • The Faculty of Public Health Research Policy Committee
  • The Royal College of GPs
  • The Society for Medical Decision Making
We also benefit from Warwick’s strategic partnership with Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine in the joint Centre for Applied Health Research and Delivery.

Current research:

We undertake reviews and evidence syntheses on the clinical and cost effectiveness of healthcare interventions. We also undertake economic evaluation of clinical interventions and of service organisations and are keen to explore technology assessment methodologies. We also have strong links to research on e-health and to the Institute of Digital Health.

Our current research includes:

  • Health technology assessments (HTAs) for NICE and other policy makers
  • Cochrane systematic reviews which are authoritative and NHS-wide in their reach
  • A national study of the relationship between research evidence and decisions in health commissioning, matching research evidence to health need
  • Getting research evidence into individual clinical decisions, including use of information, guidelines, shared decision making, decision analysis and choice
  • Work to provide NICE with the essential clinical and cost effectiveness information it needs to make decisions for current practice across the NHS
  • Systematic reviews on a wide range of subjects, including for the Cochrane collaboration of primary prevention for cardiovascular disease, and reviews relevant to populations in low and middle income countries, undertaken jointly with our strategic partner Liverpool School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • Methodological work on survival analysis, cost-effectiveness and meta-analysis important to improve future HTAs work on performance measurement and management in the NHS to improve quality

Issues:

Our current research applies health technology assessment approaches to a wide range of issues including:

  • The effect of post-operative home jejunostomy tube feeding on quality of life and nutritional parameters in patients with oesophago-gastric cancer
  • Barrett’s Randomised Intervention for Dysplasia by Endoscopy
  • Innovating care for people with multiple chronic conditions in Europe
  • Effectiveness and cost effectiveness of an occupational therapy (OT) job retention
  • Intervention for Work Rehabilitation in inflammatory Arthritis
  • Frail older people exposed to Chair based exercise
  • Effectiveness, cost-effectiveness, safety and acceptability of interventions to prevent Post-Natal Depression
  • Community In-reach Rehabilitation And Care Transition Clinical and Cost Effectiveness
  • Do not attempt cardiopulmonary resuscitation (DNACPR) decisions
  • Mammography screening reader intervention
  • Caring for a child with type 1 diabetes
  • Prenatal and Family Precursors of Bullying Involvement in Childhood and their Consequences into Early Adulthood
  • Interactive internet (web) based pulmonary rehabilitation programme for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

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