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Title: Similarities and differences between stakeholders' opinions on using Health Technology Assessment (HTA) information across five European countries: results from the EQUIPT survey
Authors: Voko, Z
Cheung, KL
Józwiak-Hagymásy, J
Wolfenstetter, S
Jones, T
Munoz, C
Evers, SMAA
Hiligsmann, M
de Vries, H
Pokhrel, S
Keywords: Smoking cessation;EQUIPT;Stakeholder engagement;Return on investment;Transferability of economic evidence
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: BioMed Central
Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems, 14:38, (2016)
Abstract: Background The European-study on Quantifying Utility of Investment in Protection from Tobacco (EQUIPT) project aimed to study transferability of economic evidence by co-creating the Tobacco Return On Investment (ROI) Tool, previously developed in the United Kingdom (UK), for four sample countries (Germany, Hungary, Spain and the Netherlands). The EQUIPT tool provides policy-makers and stakeholders with customized information about the economic and wider returns on the investment in evidence-based tobacco control including smoking cessation interventions. A Stakeholder Interview Survey was developed to engage with the stakeholders in early phases of the development and country adaptation of the ROI Tool. The survey assessed their information needs, their awareness about underlying principles used in economic analyses, their opinion about the importance, effectiveness and costeffectiveness of tobacco control interventions, and their willingness to use a Health Technology Assessment (HTA) tool such as the ROI Tool. Methods A cross sectional study using a mixed method approach was conducted among participating stakeholders in the sample countries and the UK. The individual questionnaire contained open-ended questions as well as single choice and seven-point or three-point Likert-scale questions. The results corresponding to the priority and needs assessment and to the awareness of stakeholders about underlying principles used in economic analysis are analysed by country and stakeholder categories. Results Stakeholders considered it important that the decisions on the investments in tobacco control interventions should be supported by scientific evidence including prevalence of smoking, cost of smoking, quality of life, mortality due to smoking, effectiveness, costeffectiveness and budget impact of smoking cessation interventions. The proposed ROI Tool was required to provide this granularity of information. The majority of the stakeholders were aware of the general principles of economic analyses used in decision making contexts but they did not appear to have in-depth knowledge about specific technical details. Generally, stakeholders' answers showed larger variability by country than by stakeholder category. Conclusions Stakeholders across different European countries view the use of HTA evidence to be an important factor in their decision-making process. They considered themselves to be capable to interpret the results from a return on investment tool, and highly motivated to use it.
ISSN: 1478-4505
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