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Southampton Health Technology Assessments Centre (SHTAC)

Research themes

Learn about our research methods and areas of investigation.

Health technology assessment 

  • independent critical assessment of evidence to inform NICE guidance on new drugs and therapies (eg, for long-term conditions, cancers, rare diseases)
  • reviews of evidence and cost-effectiveness modelling to inform NICE guidance on the use of new diagnostic tests in the NHS 

Evidence synthesis 

  • systematic reviews
  • meta-analysis / Network meta-analysis
  • systematic evidence maps and rapid reviews

Health economics 

  • economic evaluation alongside clinical research studies
  • decision analysis and cost-effectiveness modelling
  • early-stage assessment of innovative healthcare technologies 

Subject of research

  • public health, education and wellbeing
  • diagnostic tests
  • medical devices  
  • drug treatments