[Map on shared resources in HTA and Health Services]

Galnares Cordero L, Gutierrez Ibarluzea I y el grupo de especialistas en informacion de las Agencias y Unidades de Evaluacion de Tecnologias Sanitarias (AUnETS) espanolas.
Record ID 32011000146
Original Title: Mapa de recursos compartidos en Evaluación de Tecnologías Sanitarias y Servicios de Salud
Authors' objectives: Firstly, analyze the information resources available in the HTA agencies and those that they consider relevant for the execution of the HTA reports. Secondly, to facilitate the access to necessary resources and to analyze the use of them to assess their relevance and need, as a way of determining the efficiency of the subscriptions.
Authors' results and conclusions: After two rounds of remittance, the response rates of the survey were of 100 and 90% respectively. The information derived concluded that the subscriptions don’t change substantially, although they were made in different time periods (1 year), defining that the subscription policies were stable, differing only in the subscription to full texts of packages of certain journals. The survey captured similarities in the access to various resources. It is the case of those that are freely accesible, such as Medline, Lilacs or the CRD Databases, or those which the Government subscribes to the health community, such as the Cochrane Library Plus or ISI Web of Knowledge. Moreover, there is a different trend in the other sources, because the access to information resources for payment is made through individual subscriptions. For determining what databases the documentalists wanted to subscribe, the survey showed that there isn’t a common approach. Among the most desired ones, we could find UpToDate, Embase, Ovid platform, CINAHL or ECRI. Once the information needs were identified we proposed a list of resources to cover them, and among them we made the following subscription to information resources: Scopus, Ovid EBMR, Clinical Evidence, Dynamed, ECRI and Hayes.
Authors' recommendations: Within the context of the HTA agencies and units there are differences in relation to the access to different sources and biomedical information resources. In an attempt to resolve them, we have promoted joint subscriptions to several resources for the documentation units. Despite this, resources are limited, which raises the need to provide more documentation of information resources in order to improve policy and decision making in health at national, regional and local spheres. The results of this study may be useful in the design of future implementation strategies aimed at overcoming the barriers in our environment.
Authors' methods: We have followed two lines of action. To know the information needs of the HTA agencies and units, a questionnaire was distributed among them. It was divided into two main areas: – The actual resources of each agency (subscriptions to journals, databases and other sources of information). – The resources the agencies had no access to, but which were considered relevant. An analysis of information needs was done in order to propose, later, the resources that better cover them. Once the resources to be signed were defined, we followed a policy of partnership agreements with suppliers and publishers, in order to get prices and competitive advantages of subscription and adapted to the needs of the HTA agencies, in order to optimize funds and have access to the maximum number of resources or maximize or extend the subscription.
Project Status: Completed
Year Published: 2010
English language abstract: An English language summary is available
Publication Type: Other
Country: Spain
MeSH Terms
  • Resource Allocation
  • Technology Assessment, Biomedical
  • Bibliographic Databases
  • Health Services
  • Servicios de Salud
  • Bases de Datos Bibliográficas
  • Information Services
  • Servicios de Información
  • Evaluación de Tecnologías Sanitarias
  • Asignación de Recursos
Organisation Name: Basque Office for Health Technology Assessment
Contact Address: C/ Donostia – San Sebastián, 1 (Edificio Lakua II, 4ª planta) 01010 Vitoria - Gasteiz
Contact Name: Lorea Galnares-Cordero
Contact Email: lgalnares@bioef.eus
Copyright: <p>Basque Office for Health Technology Assessment (OSTEBA)</p>
This is a bibliographic record of a published health technology assessment from a member of INAHTA or other HTA producer. No evaluation of the quality of this assessment has been made for the HTA database.