About this briefing

About this briefing

Medtech innovation briefings summarise the published evidence and information available for individual medical technologies. The briefings provide information to aid local decision‑making by clinicians, managers and procurement professionals.

Medtech innovation briefings aim to present information and critically review the strengths and weaknesses of the relevant evidence, but contain no recommendations and are not formal NICE guidance.

Development of this briefing

This briefing was developed for NICE by the Birmingham and Brunel Consortium. The interim process and methods statement sets out the process NICE uses to select topics, and how the briefings are developed, quality‑assured and approved for publication.

Project team

Birmingham and Brunel Consortium

Medical Technologies Evaluation Programme, NICE

Peer reviewers and contributors

  • Laurence Blake, Research Fellow, The University of Birmingham

  • Carole Cummins, Senior Lecturer, The University of Birmingham

  • Neil O'Connell, Senior Lecturer, Brunel University London

Specialist commentators

The following specialist commentators provided comments on a draft of this briefing:

  • Teresa Loxley, Head of Paediatric Audiology, Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust

  • Laura Finegold, Head of Paediatric Audiology, Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

  • Christine A'Court, GP, Broadshires Health Centre, Oxfordshire

Additional information about the Williamson et al. (2015) study and comments on a draft of this briefing were kindly provided by:

  • Jane Vennik, Faculty of Medicine Primary Care and Population Sciences, University of Southampton

Declarations of interest

No relevant interests declared.


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