How to introduce more (or better) ethical arguments in HTA?

Int J Technol Assess Health Care. 2015 Jan;31(3):111-2. doi: 10.1017/S0266462315000306. Epub 2015 Jun 5.


All evaluation exercises involve ethical values, as they require some conception of the "good life." Evaluation of health technologies is no exception. Because there is no consensus about what is a good life, we have to devise decision-making procedures in which citizens with different opinions are heard and treated fairly (1). The purpose of health technology assessment (HTA) is to offer useful input into this process so as to increase the quality of the deliberations and of the resulting decisions. How to bring ethical values into this process?

Publication types

  • Editorial

MeSH terms

  • Decision Making
  • Ethical Analysis
  • Health Policy
  • Humans
  • Morals
  • Quality-Adjusted Life Years
  • Technology Assessment, Biomedical / ethics*
  • Technology Assessment, Biomedical / methods*