Strengthening Public and Patient Engagement in Health Technology Assessment in Ontario

Governments are increasingly relying on health technology assessments (HTAs) to make complex, and potentially contentious, coverage decisions about health technologies. In recent years, HTA agencies have given serious consideration to engaging the public and patients in their work, but they have been grappling with the best ways to do this. The evidence brief being developed as part of this project details the key challenges, examines the available research on the subject, and describes three elements of a potentially comprehensive approach to guide the actions of those involved in strengthening public and patient engagement in HTA in Ontario.