This project was funded by the National Institute for Health Research Health Technology Assessment (NIHR HTA) Programme (project number 05/52/01) and was published in full in Health Technology Assessment 2009; Vol.13: No.59

The views and opinions expressed therein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the HTA programme, NIHR, NHS or the Department of Health.

Below is a list of seven questions to ask when considering the adaptation of information and/or data on technology use and development (box 5).

Question Box 5: Technology’s use domain questions

a) To assess relevance:

1. What is the research question considered? Is the research question considered within this section of the report relevant to your question?

b) To assess reliability:

2. Were conditions, target group, relevant interventions or comparisons between interventions and relevant outcomes appropriately defined?

3. Is the information provided on technology use and development complete and comprehensive? Are the methods and sources used when elaborating the background information well documented?

4. Are patterns of utilisation, diffusion, indications and time trends adequately described?

5. Is an analysis of the regulatory status of the technology provided (market admission, status in other countries)?

c) To assess transferability:

6. Is there any consideration of when and how technical characteristics affect outcomes?

7. Are there any differences in the use of this technology within the target setting (compared to the uses described in the HTA report for adaptation)?

Answers to these questions should help the user extract information and/or data from this section of the HTA report. This „adaptation material‟ on technology use and development can be incorporated within an HTA report in your own setting. There may be a need to update these data and supplement it with local context data.