About the HTA Database

The HTA database provides free access to bibliographic information about ongoing and published health technology assessments commissioned or undertaken by members of INAHTA and other HTA organisations from around the world. It is funded by the UK National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and produced by the Centre for Reviews and Dissemination (CRD) in collaboration with the INAHTA Secretariat.

The HTA database is a valuable resource for locating literature and information not freely available from any other single source. The database provides a comprehensive listing of over 10,000 in progress and published health technology assessments from around the world. It was established in 1998 by combining health technology assessment records from CRD’s other databases with INAHTA’s embryonic set of bibliographic details for HTA reports produced by their members. This means the records go back to 1988.

There are two record types on the HTA database, Projects in-progress, which are updated to Published projects once the full report becomes available. Contributing organisations complete a proforma with project and/or publication information and submit it to CRD, who then enter the details on the HTA database. Where funding allows, CRD staff also identify new projects and publications by searching HTA websites.

 

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Records on the HTA database are also available in Spanish, produced by AETS at the Instituto de Salud Carlos III in Madrid. 

 

Inclusion criteria

Many different types of research are included in the HTA database, e.g., ongoing and completed health technology assessments based on systematic reviews, trials, non-experimental studies, and economic evaluations. The HTA database does not use quality inclusion criteria to select records for the database. However, all records in the database are publications and projects from INAHTA members and other internationally recognised HTA organizations.

Unlike CRD’s other databases, DARE and NHS EED, the published reports on the HTA database are not critically appraised. However, where a critical appraisal of the report has been prepared for DARE and/or NHS EED, links to the relevant abstract are provided. Likewise if there is an INAHTA brief and/or checklist, links to these are included in the record.

Acknowledgements

CRD and INAHTA would like to extend their gratitude to all HTA colleagues who contribute and keep the information in the database up-to-date. 

 

Contact details for the HTA database

HTA Database Administrator
Centre for Reviews and Dissemination
University of York
York

YO10 5DD

United Kingdom

Tel: +44 1904 321050 Fax: +44 1904 321041
Email: crd-hta@york.ac.uk