Why is it so difficult to integrate ethics in Health Technology Assessment (HTA)? The epistemological viewpoint

Refolo, Pietro and Sacchini,, Dario and Brereton, Louise and Gerhardus, Ansgar and Hofmann, Bjorn and Lysdahl, Kristin Bakke and Mozygemba,, Kati and Oortwijn, Wija and Tummers,, Marcia and van der Wilt, Gert-Jan and Wahlster, Philip and Spagnolo, A.G. (2016) Why is it so difficult to integrate ethics in Health Technology Assessment (HTA)? The epistemological viewpoint. European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences, 20 (20). pp. 4202-4208. ISSN 1128-3602

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Abstract

Ethics has been identified as a key element in Health Technology Assessment (HTA) since its conception. However, ethical issues are still not frequently addressed explicitly in HTA. Several valuable reasons have been identified.
The basis of the article is the claim that ethics is often not part of HTA for “epistemological reasons”. Hence, the main aim of the contribution is to explore in more details and emphasize them by using the fact/value dichotomy.
Our conclusion is that current HTA configuration is dominantly based on the comparison among objective and empirically testable “facts”, whilst ethics is not empirically testable. In this sense, there is a sort of “epistemological gap”, which can explain why it is so difficult to integrate ethics in HTA. We suggest that the epistemological differences among the various domains of HTA are addressed more explicitly.

Keywords:ethics, epistemology, integration., NotOAChecked
Subjects:B Subjects allied to Medicine > B700 Nursing
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Health & Social Care
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Deposited On:07 Feb 2017 20:59

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