Using HTA to identify research gaps: a pilot study

Scott A, Moga C, Harstall C
Record ID 32006001392
Authors' recommendations: Health technology assessments (HTAs) routinely identify questions or research 'gaps' that are not adequately addressed by the primary research. The unique situation of having an HTA unit housed within a provincial research funding organization provided an ideal setting for linking research gaps pinpointed by HTAs to the funding mechanism for primary research. A pilot project was undertaken with the following objectives. 1. To assess how well HTA reports published by the AHFMR HTA unit identify research gaps. 2. To develop a process for distilling research questions from an AHFMR HTA report that could be used to inform the research funding agenda of the AHFMR. The feasibility, challenges, and implications of such an initiative will also be considered.
Project Status: Completed
Year Published: 2006
English language abstract: An English language summary is available
Publication Type: Not Assigned
Country: Canada
MeSH Terms
  • Biomedical Research
  • Evidence-Based Medicine
  • Health Services Research
Organisation Name: Institute of Health Economics
Contact Address: 1200, 10405 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, T5J 3N4. Tel: +1 780 448 4881; Fax: +1 780 448 0018;
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Copyright: <p>Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research (AHFMR)</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.