Introduction to Assessment of Technologies Theme

Theme leader: Dr Graham Scotland

This theme aims to conduct research to address questions of immediate policy or practical relevance for NHS decision-makers, and to pursue methodological research in order to strengthen the application of economic evaluation methods.

The objectives are to:

  • Inform and support health care decision making at a national level, by producing high quality economic evaluations that address national priorities.
  • Develop and refine methods of economic evaluation.
  • Make available to the NHS a body of expertise through nurturing and developing research skills in economic evaluation methods.

The Assessment of Technologies (AT) theme is involved in a number of externally funded projects to carry out applied economic evaluations of new and existing interventions, and also co-hosts a NIHR contract to conduct Technology Assessment Reviews for the NHS.

The theme is particularly interested in building collaboration in a number of specific research areas spanning applied work through to methodological investigation. These areas, along with the criteria applied in building collaborations, are outlined in the Areas of Research Interest section.