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Health technology assessment: a sociological commentary on reflexive innovation

Webster, A (2004) Health technology assessment: a sociological commentary on reflexive innovation. International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care. pp. 61-66. ISSN 0266-4623

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Abstract

This study provides a sociological commentary on the current debates within health technology assessment (HTA), specifically in response to the approaches taken in France, The Netherlands, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. It argues that HTA is part of a wider reflexive innovation system that seeks to order current and prospective technologies. The study discusses the socio-political process of HTA priority setting, the rhetorical role of HTA, the localised and contingent use of HTA, and the policy gap between guidelines and practice. It argues for the development of new types of methodologies for assessment and for a stronger social embedding of HTA practice.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: Copyright © 2004 Cambridge University Press
Keywords: health technology assessment, sociology
Institution: The University of York
Academic Units: The University of York > Sociology (York)
Depositing User: Sherpa Assistant
Date Deposited: 19 Aug 2005
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2014 20:54
Status: Published
Refereed: Yes
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URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/591

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