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Health technology assessments (HTAs) routinely identify questions or research ‘gaps’ that are not adequately addressed by the primary research. The unique situation of having an HTA unit housed within a provincial research funding organization provided an ideal setting for linking research gaps...
We present a model process that will assist health care organizations in developing and implementing a formal management system for learning from incidents. Developed specifically for the Radiation Treatment (RT) Program at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre, a major cancer treatment centre in Calgary,...
Health Technology Assessment (HTA) is the systematic evaluation of properties, effects and/or other impacts of health care technology. Its primary purpose is to provide objective information to support health care decisions and policy making at the local, regional, national and international...
This report aims to identify strategies that have been evaluated and reported in the literature and to assess their effectiveness in reducing emergency department overcrowding. ISBN 1-894927-35-4 (online)
The objectives of this review were: To propose a generic evaluation framework for HTA agencies to strengthen their evaluation capacity. To conduct a review of HTA agencies to understand what aspects of HTA agencies have been evaluated, approaches/methods used, outcomes of hte evaluations and to...
This paper focuses on incident reporting systems relevant to the hospital and efforts to improve patient safety and clinical outcomes. Costs associated with incident reporting systems are included wherever possible. This paper aims to assess the effectiveness of hospital incident reporting...
Much of the activity and purpose of HTA is related to interaction with organizations and individuals with interests in the technologies that are being considered. The focus is often stakeholders with major financial or operational responsibilities for health technologies, including government...
The objective of this report is to assess the efficacy and safety of using trigger point injection (TPI) to treat patients with chronic non-malignant musculoskeletal pain, based on a systematic review of the current published evidence, and to determine the current state of the procedure, the...
The intent is to develop an overview as a guide to HTA managers; this paper should be regarded as a vehicle for further discussion on these issues.
Standard Quality Assessment Criteria for Evaluating Primary Research Papers from a Variety of FieldsDownload
Appraising the quality of evidence is an important, yet difficult task, complicated by the consideration of disparate evidence. Quality checklists for assessing RCTs abound, yet it is acknowledged that even within this single study the reliability, validity, feasibility and utility of the various...