Appendix B. Sources of evidence considered by the Committee

The following documentation and opinions were made available to the Committee:

A The assessment report for this appraisal was prepared by Peninsula Technology Assessment Group, Peninsula Medical School, Universities of Exeter and Plymouth, Wessex Institute for Health Research and Development, University of Southampton.

Garside R, Stein K, Wyatt K, et al. Fluid-filled Thermal Balloon and Microwave Endometrial Ablation Techniques for Heavy Menstrual Bleeding, January 2003.

B The following organisations accepted the invitation to participate in this appraisal. They were invited to make submissions and comment on the draft scope, assessment report and the Appraisal Consultation Document (ACD). Consultee organisations are provided with the opportunity to appeal against the Final Appraisal Determination.

I Manufacturer/sponsors:

  • Ethicon Ltd

  • Johnson & Johnson Medical

  • Microsulis Medical Ltd

  • Wallsten Medical SA

II Professional/specialist and patient/carer groups:

  • Department of Health

  • Medical Women's Federation

  • Royal College of General Practitioners

  • Royal College of Nursing

  • Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

  • Welsh Assembly Government

  • Women's Health

  • Women's Health Concern

III Commentator organisations (without the right of appeal):

  • Haringey Primary Care Trust

  • Melton, Rutland and Harborough Primary Care Trust

  • NHS Quality Improvement Scotland

C The following individuals were selected from clinical expert and patient advocate nominations from the professional/specialist and patient/carer groups. They participated in the Appraisal Committee discussions and provided evidence to inform the Appraisal Committee's deliberations. They gave their expert personal view on fluidfilled thermal balloon and microwave endometrial ablation techniques for heavy menstrual bleeding by attending the initial Committee discussion and/or providing written evidence to the Committee. They are invited to comment on the ACD.

  • Dr Mary Ann Lumsden, Reader/Honorary Consultant, Women's Health Concern

  • Margaret CP Rees, Reader in Reproductive Medicine, John Radcliffe Hospital on behalf of Women's Health Concern

  • Professor RW Shaw, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Derby City General Hospital

  • Ruth Teddern, Health Information Officer, Women's Health

  • Pat Thompson, Health Information Officer, Women's Health