Applying the AHP in health economic evaluations of new technology


Hummel, Marjan and Steuten, Lotte and Groothuis-Oudshoorn, Karin and IJzerman, Maarten (2011) Applying the AHP in health economic evaluations of new technology. In: XI International Symposium on the Analytic Hierarchy Process (ISAHP) , 15-18 June 2011, Sorrento (Naples - Italy).

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Abstract:Much research in health care is devoted to health economical modelling. Even though the Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) is increasingly being applied in health care, its value to health economical modelling is still unrecognized. We explored the value of using AHP-derived results in a health economic model. We applied the AHP to provide input for a health economic evaluation of a new technology to diagnose breast cancer. No clinical data were available about the sensitivity and specificity of this technology. By means of the AHP, an expert panel estimated the sensitivity and specificity to be used in this model. Moreover, additional criteria including patient comfort and risks could be added to the health economic model. On the basis of the methodology suggested, the AHP proved to be feasible to support a comprehensive health economical evaluation of new technology, where clinical evidence is not yet available, or incomplete
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