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Health technology assessment: a sociological commentary on reflexive innovation

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JournalInternational Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care
DatePublished - 2004
Issue number1
Number of pages6
Pages (from-to)61-66
Original languageEnglish


This study provides a sociological commentary on the current debates within health technology assessment (HTA), specifically in response to the approaches taken in France, The Netherlands, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. It argues that HTA is part of a wider reflexive innovation system that seeks to order current and prospective technologies. The study discusses the socio-political process of HTA priority setting, the rhetorical role of HTA, the localised and contingent use of HTA, and the policy gap between guidelines and practice. It argues for the development of new types of methodologies for assessment and for a stronger social embedding of HTA practice.

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  • health technology assessment, sociology

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