The Scottish Health Technologies Group undertake rapid reviews of the evidence on non-medicine technologies (ie devices, procedures, diagnostics etc) in order to inform decision making on these technologies within NHSScotland. While we have been able to adopt approaches to reviewing the clinical and cost effectiveness information in the short time scales available to us (focus upon secondary peer reviewed evidence etc), we are struggling to determine what we can usefully do with information on safety and adverse effects in rapid review products. If this information is already synthesised elsewhere we can report this, but otherwise we are faced with a plethora of case reports and alerts and little time. Does anyone have any suggestions that they could share?
Karen Macpherson | Senior Health Services Researcher
Healthcare Improvement Scotland
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The Healthcare Environment Inspectorate, Scottish Health Council, Scottish Health Technologies Group,
Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network and the Scottish Medicines Consortium are part of Healthcare Improvement Scotland.