What This Resource Offers

Assessing the Evidence for Healthcare Decision Makers assists healthcare decision makers in reviewing the evidence of research studies used in health technology assessments and/or drug formulary decisions studies to determine if they are:

  • Relevant to the setting/decision in question and
  • Credible

The study elements evaluated in these determinations include study validation, data, design, analysis, interpretation, reporting, and conflict of interest.


These interactive, Excel-based questionnaires include step-by-step instructions and:

  • Can be downloaded and used when needed (see links below)
  • Can be used for a study-specific assessment and then printed and/or saved
  • Are editable in Excel by users to add/subtract questions or otherwise modify the study assessment if so desired
  • Contain additional information (vocabulary, references, and step-by-step instructions)

Four versions of the interactive questionnaire are provided below to assess the following study types:

Observational studies:

  • Prospective observational studies
  • Retrospective observational database studies

 Healthcare information synthesis studies:

  • Modeling studies
  • Network meta-analysis/indirect treatment comparison studies

    Download the Spreadsheets

    Prospective Observational Studies
    Retrospective Observational Studies
    Modeling Studies
    Network Meta-Analysis/Indirect Treatment Comparison Studies
    Please note that to download these spreadsheets you need to log-in with your ISPOR user profile. If you do not yet have an ISPOR user profile established, you can create your free profile here (by clicking the green button at the top right of the webpage).

    If you have any questions, please email us here.

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