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Revista médica de Chile

versión impresa ISSN 0034-9887

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ESPINOZA, Manuel Antonio; CABIESES, Báltica  y  PARAJE, Guillermo. Health research and Health Technology Assessment in Chile. Rev. méd. Chile [online]. 2014, vol.142, suppl.1, pp.39-44. ISSN 0034-9887.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0034-98872014001300007.

Health research is considered an essential element for the improvement of population health and it has been recommended that a share of the national health budget should be allocated to develop this field. Chile has undertaken efforts in the last decades in order to improve the governmental structure created to promote the development of health research, which has increased human resources and funding opportunities. On the other hand, the sustained economic growth of Chile in the last decades suggests that the health expenditure will maintain its increasing trend in the following years. This additional funding could be used to improve coverage of current activities performed in the health system, but also to address the incorporation of new strategies. More recently, health technology assessment (HTA) has been proposed as a process to support decisions about allocation of resources based on scientific evidence. This paper examines the relationship between the development of health research and the HTA process. First, it presents a brief diagnosis of the situation of health research in Chile. Second, it reviews the conceptual basis and the methods that account for the relationship between a HTA process and the development of health research. In particular, it emphasizes the relevance of identifying information gaps where funding additional research can be considered a good use of public resources. Finally, it discusses the challenges and possible courses of action that Chile could take in order to guarantee the continuous improvement of an articulated structure for health research and HTA.

Palabras clave : Health services research; Health technologies; Chile.

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