The task force’s goal is to develop a consensus definition for a deliberative process from an HTA perspective and internationally recognized good practice recommendations on the use of deliberative processes in HTA.
The task force will consider all of the interrelated components of the HTA process: governance and structure of the process, scoping, assessment, appraisal, implementation and monitoring. It will discuss considerations for decisions on which approaches to the various components of a deliberative process might be more appropriate for HTA and under what contexts. The task force will also provide direction for those deciding on how and what to implement as well as practical recommendations on the evaluation and monitoring of a deliberative process.
There is a lack of clear consensus on what constitutes “deliberation” or “deliberative processes” from an HTA perspective. Deliberative methods (or processes) are intended to improve the quality of recommendations and decision making by allowing for participatory decision making, drawing on different kinds of participants, at different points of a decision-making cycle based on a consideration of facts and values. These processes illustrate what and how relevant information is identified and considered, who to involve, what rules of engagement are allowable, what criteria and means may be used to guide decisions, and how these criteria may be weighed. They provide room for the identification and explication of values and associated value judgements.
The lack of guidance on deliberative processes for HTA has created the need for consensus international good practices. As part of its mission to, “promote health economics and outcomes research excellence to improve decision making for health globally”, ISPOR is collaborating with HTAi, another global, non-profit, scientific and professional society with HTA expertise and experience to address this gap in global decision making.