Bridging health technology assessment and healthcare quality improvement using international consortium of health outcomes measurement standard sets

Rachel R.J. Kalf, Marloes Zuidgeest, Diana M.J. Delnoij, Marcel L. Bouvy, Wim G. Goettsch*

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Abstract

Abstract Objective Although health technology assessment (HTA) and healthcare quality improvement are distinct processes, a greater level of alignment in outcome measures used may increase the quality and efficiency of data collection. This study evaluates the agreement in outcome measures used in oncology for healthcare quality improvement and HTAs, and how these align to the International Consortium for Health Outcomes Measurement (ICHOM) standard sets. Methods We conducted a cross-sectional comparative analysis of ICHOM sets focusing on oncological indications and publicly available measures for healthcare quality and HTA reports published by the National Health Care Institute from the Netherlands and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence from the United Kingdom. Results All ICHOM sets and HTAs used overall survival, whereas quality improvement used different survival estimates. Different progression estimates for cancer were used in HTAs, ICHOM sets, and quality improvement. Data on health-related quality of life (HRQoL) was recommended in all ICHOM sets and all HTAs, but selectively for quality improvement. In HTAs, generic HRQoL questionnaires were preferred, whereas, in quality improvement and ICHOM sets, disease-specific questionnaires were recommended. Unfavorable outcomes were included in all HTAs and all ICHOM sets, but not always for quality improvement. Conclusions Although HTA and quality improvement use outcome measures from the same domains, a greater level of alignment seems possible. ICHOM may provide input on standardized outcome measures to support this alignment. However, residual discrepancies will remain due to the different objectives of HTA and quality improvement.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere6
JournalInternational Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care
Volume38
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21 Dec 2022

Bibliographical note

Funding: Funding was received from the Dutch National Health Care
Institute (Zorginstituut Nederland).

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Copyright © The Author(s), 2021. Published by Cambridge University Press

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