About this research groupThis research group fundamentally revisits the framework of healthcare priority seting. The group supports countries around the world to set priorities in healthcare.
Rob Baltussen explains
Priority setting in healthcare consists of an intriging puzzle of theory and methods. The subroup Global HTA fundamentally revisits this framework in order to optimize treatments.
Q1 What is the aim of the group Global HTA?
“The group Global HTA supports countries around the world to set priorities in healthcare. For this purpose, we revise theories and methods and conduct empirical studies. By doing so, we support policy makers to make the best of healthcare budgets that are especially limited in low and middle income countries.”
Q2 What is the contribution that benefits others?
We fundamentally revisit the theoretical framework.
“We strive for global control of diseases such as malaria and HIV/AIDS. But demands for healthcare are unlimited, while funds are limited. For this reason, setting priorities in health care is important. We provide processes and scientific evidence that can inform policymakers as correctly as possible, which interventions are best to fund and implement in their setting.”
Q3 What is the role of collaborations?
“The group Global HTA collaborates with departments at Radboudumc to improve malaria and HIV control. We also collaborate intensively with the World Health Organization. Together, we have set up a network of HTA agencies; institutions that set healthcare priorities in target countries.”
Q4 How is succes guaranteed?
“Researchers have often focused on mathematical solutions for priority setting problems. But as a research group, we consider it as a political value-laden process which requires stakeholder involvement and interaction. Our revised theoretical frameworks and methods take these aspects into account: we do not solely focus on the old model in which researchers undertake studies and publish findings. Progress is best made if researchers and policymakers cooperate and discuss state-of-the-art processes and results.”
Q5 What are goals for the nearby future?
“Our main goal is to solve the puzzle of theory and methods for priority setting. The group Global HTA strives for a concrete impact on how HTA agencies around the world set their priorities.”
Prof. Rob Baltussen is head of the Global HTA group. He aims to fundamentally revisit the theoretical framework of healthcare priority setting in order to optimize treatments. In 2014, Baltussen received a Vici grant for his project regarding this topic.