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How We Might Further Integrate Considerations of Environmental Impact When Assessing the Value of Health Technologies

Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health, Ottawa, ON K1S 5S8, Canada
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19(19), 12017; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph191912017
Received: 27 July 2022 / Revised: 16 September 2022 / Accepted: 21 September 2022 / Published: 22 September 2022
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Health Technologies in Health Systems)
There is growing awareness of the impact health technologies can have on the environment and the negative consequences of these environmental impacts on human health. However, health system decision-makers may lack the expertise, data, or resources to incorporate environmental considerations when making decisions about the adoption and use of health technologies. In this article, we describe how health technology assessment (HTA) is evolving to address climate change by providing health system decision-makers with the information they can use to reduce the impact of health care systems on the environment. Our objective is to consider approaches for including the environment domain when conducting an HTA—in particular, the use of the deliberative process—and for determining when the domain should be included. We explore the challenges of gathering the relevant data necessary to assess the environmental impact of a health technology, and we describe a “triage” approach for determining when an in-depth environmental impact assessment is warranted. We also summarize related initiatives from HTA agencies around the world. View Full-Text
Keywords: environment; health technology assessment; Canada; health systems; climate change; deliberative process; health care; health policy; sustainability; guideline environment; health technology assessment; Canada; health systems; climate change; deliberative process; health care; health policy; sustainability; guideline
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Greenwood Dufour, B.; Weeks, L.; De Angelis, G.; Marchand, D.K.; Kaunelis, D.; Severn, M.; Walter, M.; Mittmann, N. How We Might Further Integrate Considerations of Environmental Impact When Assessing the Value of Health Technologies. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19, 12017. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph191912017

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Greenwood Dufour B, Weeks L, De Angelis G, Marchand DK, Kaunelis D, Severn M, Walter M, Mittmann N. How We Might Further Integrate Considerations of Environmental Impact When Assessing the Value of Health Technologies. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2022; 19(19):12017. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph191912017

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Greenwood Dufour, Barbara, Laura Weeks, Gino De Angelis, Dave K. Marchand, David Kaunelis, Melissa Severn, Melissa Walter, and Nicole Mittmann. 2022. "How We Might Further Integrate Considerations of Environmental Impact When Assessing the Value of Health Technologies" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 19, no. 19: 12017. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph191912017

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