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ISC and its partners organised the 9th edition of the Science Summit around the 78th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA78) on 12-29 September 2023.
The role and contribution of science to attaining the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be the central theme of the Summit. The objective is to develop and launch science collaborations to demonstrate global science mechanisms and activities to support the attainment of the UN SDGs, Agenda 2030 and Local2030. The meeting will also prepare input for the United Nations Summit of the Future, which will take place during UNGA79 beginning on 12 September 2024.
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Wednesday, September 20 • 3:00pm - 5:30pm
[VIRTUAL] Health technology assessment: Anapproach combining multiple attribute decision making and decision rules (201501)

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Background: Various studies have used multiple attribute decision-making (MADM) techniques to assess and rank health technologies. The goal of the present study was to prioritize health technologies using various techniques of MADMs in combination with decision rules.

Methods: The study is an applied research using multi-attribute decision-making (MADM) methods. This study extracted the attributes related to health technology assessment from global literature and experts’ opinions. In this study, two different types of experts were consulted: the first type, included three experts in the field of decision-making techniques, on the subject of setting priority on health focusing on MADM; and the second one consists of seven experts in the field of HTA, asked about the selection of attributes and determination their importance. Candidate health technologies were individually weighted and ranked using TOPSIS, SAW, and VIKOR by the weight and decision matrix. The results obtained from various techniques were combined and ranked using Copeland’s technique to obtain the final ranking of health technologies. To determine HTA-type reports, decision rules were defined. All models were designed via MS Excel. Results: This study chose eight technologies according to six tradeoff attributes. These attributes included health benefits at the population level, vulnerable population size, availability of alternative technologies, budget impact, financial protection, and quality of evidence. Their exact weights were 0.25, 0.121, 0.146, 0.132, 0.167, and 0.181, respectively. Also, safety and uncertainty about cost-effectiveness were considered as the veto and decision rules respectively. Copeland’s method was therefore used to combine the methods: Whereas HT2 (The technology for treating patients suffering from varicose) was ranked the highest priority and HT3 (The palliative method for patients who suffer from various cancers) was ranked the lowest (for preventing from any ethical issue, the exact name of each technology wasn’t mentioned).
Conclusion: Finally, by decision rules which are based on various conditions of “uncertainty about the cost-effectiveness”, it is recommended that a full health technology assessment report be performed on three technologies, a rapid health technology assessment report be performed on four others, and, finally, no prioritizing for health technology assessment be made on one of them.


Adedoyin Onasanya

Projects Coordinator, Millennium Institute
Adedoyin is dedicated to enhancing the Millennium Institute's influence on international development. He collaborates closely with the organisation's clients and partners to gain insights into their sustainability challenges and spearhead projects to tackle them.With two decades of... Read More →

Wednesday September 20, 2023 3:00pm - 5:30pm EDT