Ethics has been identified as a key element in Health Technology Assessment (HTA) since its conception. However, ethical issues are still not frequently addressed explicitly in HTA. Several valuable reasons have been identified. The basis of the article is the claim that ethics is often not part of HTA for “epistemological reasons”. Hence, the main aim of the contribution is to explore in more details and emphasize them by using the fact/value dichotomy. Our conclusion is that current HTA configuration is dominantly based on the comparison among objective and empirically testable “facts”, whilst ethics is not empirically testable. In this sense, there is a sort of “epistemological gap”, which can explain why it is so difficult to integrate ethics in HTA. We suggest that the epistemological differences among the various domains of HTA are addressed more explicitly.

Refolo, P., Sacchini, D., Brereton, L., Gerhardus, A., Hofmann, B., Lysdahl, K., Mozygemba, K., Oortwijn, W., Tummers, M., Van, D. W. G., Wahlster, P., Spagnolo, A. G., Behalf Of The Integrate Hta Project Team, O., Why is it difficult to integrate ethics in HTA?. The epistemological viewpoint, Poster, in HTAi 2016 Annual meeting. Tokyo, Japan (May 10-14, 2016) Informing Health Care Decisions with Values and Evidence, (Tokyo; Japan, 10-14 May 2016), HTAi, Vancouver Canada 2016: 122-122 [http://hdl.handle.net/10807/76040]

Why is it difficult to integrate ethics in HTA?. The epistemological viewpoint

Refolo
Primo
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Pietro; Sacchini
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P; Spagnolo
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2016

Abstract

Ethics has been identified as a key element in Health Technology Assessment (HTA) since its conception. However, ethical issues are still not frequently addressed explicitly in HTA. Several valuable reasons have been identified. The basis of the article is the claim that ethics is often not part of HTA for “epistemological reasons”. Hence, the main aim of the contribution is to explore in more details and emphasize them by using the fact/value dichotomy. Our conclusion is that current HTA configuration is dominantly based on the comparison among objective and empirically testable “facts”, whilst ethics is not empirically testable. In this sense, there is a sort of “epistemological gap”, which can explain why it is so difficult to integrate ethics in HTA. We suggest that the epistemological differences among the various domains of HTA are addressed more explicitly.
Inglese
HTAi 2016 Annual meeting. Tokyo, Japan (May 10-14, 2016) Informing Health Care Decisions with Values and Evidence
HTAi 2016 Annual meeting
Tokyo; Japan
Poster
10-mag-2016
14-mag-2016
HTAi
Refolo, P., Sacchini, D., Brereton, L., Gerhardus, A., Hofmann, B., Lysdahl, K., Mozygemba, K., Oortwijn, W., Tummers, M., Van, D. W. G., Wahlster, P., Spagnolo, A. G., Behalf Of The Integrate Hta Project Team, O., Why is it difficult to integrate ethics in HTA?. The epistemological viewpoint, Poster, in HTAi 2016 Annual meeting. Tokyo, Japan (May 10-14, 2016) Informing Health Care Decisions with Values and Evidence, (Tokyo; Japan, 10-14 May 2016), HTAi, Vancouver Canada 2016: 122-122 [http://hdl.handle.net/10807/76040]
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