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.

Box 13 below provides links to useful resources to help in addressing organisational elements issues and assessment of qualitative research. The user may wish to consult any or all of these resources to aid in the adaptation of organisational elements data and information.

Box 13: Resources for the adaptation of organisational elements information

General documents dealing with organisational elements

This Danish Centre for Health Technology Assessment (DACEHTA) handbook provides an introduction to the scientific methods and instruments in HTA. In particular to the four main elements of an HTA analysis – the technology, the patient, the organisation, and the economy.

link last checked: 09/2011

Mini-HTA is a management and decision support tool based on the reasoning involved in HTAs. The tool may be used, for example, when a hospital is contemplating the introduction of a new health technology. It is a checklist with a number of questions concerning the prerequisites for and consequences of using new health technologies (produced by DACEHTA)

link last checked: 12/11/07

Assessment of qualitative research

This paper outlines two views of how qualitative methods might be judged and argues that qualitative research can be assessed according to two broad criteria: validity and relevance.

link last checked: 12/11/07

This is a brief review which indicates how observational methods can be used to "reach the parts that other methods cannot”.

link last checked: 12/11/07

This article argues that three interrelated criteria can be identified as the foundation of good qualitative health research: interpretation of subjective meaning, description of social context, and attention to lay knowledge

link last checked: 12/11/07