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Building capacity for evidence-informed priority setting in the Indian health system: an international collaborative experience

Downey, L. E., Dabak, S., Eames, J., Teerawattananon, Y., De Francesco, M., Prinja, S., Guinness, L., Bhargava, B., Rajsekar, K., Asaria, Miqdad ORCID: 0000-0002-3538-4417, Rao, N. V., Selvaraju, V., Mehndiratta, A., Culyer, A., Chalkidou, K. and Cluzeau, F. A. (2020) Building capacity for evidence-informed priority setting in the Indian health system: an international collaborative experience. Health Policy OPEN, 1. ISSN 2590-2296

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Identification Number: 10.1016/j.hpopen.2020.100004


India's rapid economic growth has been accompanied by slower improvements in population health. Given the need to reconcile the ambitious goal of achieving Universal Coverage with limited resources, a robust priority-setting mechanism is required to ensure that the right trade-offs are made and the impact on health is maximised. Health Technology Assessment (HTA) is endorsed by the World Health Assembly as the gold standard approach to synthesizing evidence systematically for evidence-informed priority setting (EIPS). India is formally committed to institutionalising HTA as an integral component of the EIPS process. The effective conduct and uptake of HTA depends on a well-functioning ecosystem of stakeholders adept at commissioning and generating policy-relevant HTA research, developing and utilising rigorous technical, transparent, and inclusive methods and processes, and a strong multisectoral and transnational appetite for the use of evidence to inform policy. These all require myriad complex and complementary capacities to be built at each level of the health system. In this paper we describe how a framework for targeted and locally-tailored capacity building for EIPS, and specifically HTA, was collaboratively developed and implemented by an international network of priority-setting expertise, and the Government of India.

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Divisions: Health Policy
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Date Deposited: 24 May 2022 15:39
Last Modified: 07 Jun 2024 16:24

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