In May we reported on the INTEGRATE-HTA project. INTEGRATE-HTA is an innovative project that aims to address existing methodological gaps in the assessment of complex technologies and applying these in a palliative care case study.
Seven partners from five different European countries work closely together in a Consortium. These include Germany: University of Bremen (co-ordinator) and Ludwig Maximilians University Munich; The Netherlands: Ecorys Nederland B.V. and Radboud University Medical Center; Italy: Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore; Norway: University of Oslo and the UK: University of Sheffield. INTEGRATE-HTA started in January 2013 and runs until 31 December 2015. The project is co-funded by the European Union under the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7-Health-2012-Innovation) under grant agreement number 306141.
Team members from the Consortium countries held their second annual meeting in Rome last week. Much progress has been made in developing methodological guidances and in considering issues of complexity and integration. Using feedback from stakeholder panels in seven countries (i.e. all Consortium countries as well as in Poland and Lithuania) and evidence from the literature, the team agreed to focus on models of home palliative care in the case study. The next steps will involve testing the methods developed by the team in the case study. The final case study report will be submitted in June 2015.
More information on the project, including the progress of our work can be found on the project website: www.integrate-hta.eu. In addition, we inform interested stakeholders via newsletters (twice a year). All editions of the newsletters are also available on our project website (www.integrate-hta.eu/downloads). If you are interested in receiving our newsletter by e-mail, or if you wish to receive more information please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website.
The INTEGRATE-HTA project team