Health technology assessment course and policy workshop in Brazil
At the end November 2010, NICE International delivered a 7 day introductory course on Health Technology Assessment and Evidence-Based Medicine to Brazilian Ministry of Health (MOH) staff and other Brazilian policy makers. The course covered systematic reviewing, evidence synthesis (including an introduction to network meta-analysis) and the economic evaluation of health technologies. There was a strong emphasis on the process of decision making, including actual examples of how a threshold is applied in the UK.
The importance of guidance implementation strategies was also highlighted and reinforced at a subsequent 1.5 day policy workshop with senior MOH staff and Brazilian academics. Strong interest was expressed in developing effective guidance dissemination systems, and NHS Evidence was noted with particular approval in this regard.
The next stage of NI's engagement in Brazil is to facilitate a pilot multi-technology/multi indication appraisal led by existing government technical expertise and involving Brazilian academic capacity. The pilot will include an exploration of stakeholder engagement processes and models for contestability and will be led by the Brazilian National Health Surveillance Agency (ANVISA) and MoH and funded by the Pan-American Health Organisation.
This page was last updated: 22 December 2010