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Rev Calid Asist. 2011 Mar-Apr;26(2):123-31. doi: 10.1016/j.cali.2010.11.010. Epub 2011 Feb 15.

[Evaluation of new and emerging health technologies. Proposal for classification].

[Article in Spanish]

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Coordinador Provincial, Unidad Docente de Medicina de Familia y Comunitaria (MFyC), Málaga, España.



Review and develop a proposal for the classification of health technologies (HT) evaluated by the Health Technology Assessment Agencies (HTAA).


Peer review of AETS of the previous proposed classification of HT. Analysis of their input and suggestions for amendments. Construction of a new classification. Pilot study with physicians.


Andalusian Public Health System. Spanish HTAA.


Experts from HTAA. Tutors of family medicine residents.


HT Update classification previously made by the research team. Peer review by Spanish HTAA. Qualitative and quantitative analysis of responses. Construction of a new and pilot study based on 12 evaluation reports of the HTAA.


We obtained 11 thematic categories that are classified into 6 major head groups: 1, prevention technology; 2, diagnostic technology; 3, therapeutic technologies; 4, diagnostic and therapeutic technologies; 5, organizational technology, and 6, knowledge management and quality of care. In the pilot there was a good concordance in the classification of 8 of the 12 reports reviewed by physicians.


Experts agree on 11 thematic categories of HT. A new classification of HT with double entry (Nature and purpose of HT) is proposed. APPLICABILITY: According to experts, the classification of the work of the HTAA may represent a useful tool to transfer and manage knowledge. Moreover, an adequate classification of the HTAA reports would help clinicians and other potential users to locate them and this can facilitate their dissemination.

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