SHTAC: Delivering excellence in health technology assessment and health services research
The Southampton Health Technology Assessments Centre (SHTAC) located within the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Southampton is one of the leading independent academic centres for health technology assessment and health services research within the UK. With expertise in systematic reviews, health economics, statistical modelling, epidemiology and information science SHTAC is involved in research addressing major policy questions on the use of drugs, devices, procedures, screening programmes, health promotion and public health and other interventions. Allied to this work is a programme of collaborative research on the methods underpinning research on health technology assessment.
Work is underway on a systematic review and economic evaluation for the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). The study will assess the clinical-effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) for arrhythmias and cardiac resynchronisation therapy (CRT) for heart failure.
SHTAC is undertaking a systematic review and economic evaluation for the National Institute for Health Research, Health Technology Assessment Programme. The study, which started in May 2012, will assess the clinical-effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of treatments for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.