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Title: Perceptions of health technology assessment knowledge translation in China: a qualitative study on HTA researchers and policy-makers

Authors: Yan Wei; Raymond W. Pong; Lizheng Shi; Jian Ming; Meng Tang; Yiwei Mao; Wenbin Liu; Yingyao Chen

Addresses: Key Lab of Health Technology Assessment (Ministry of Health), Collaborative Innovation Center of Social Risks Governance in Health, School of Public Health, Fudan University, China ' Centre for Rural and Northern Health Research and Northern Ontario, School of Medicine, Laurentian University, Canada ' Department of Global Health Management and Policy, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, Tulane University, USA ' Key Lab of Health Technology Assessment (Ministry of Health), Collaborative Innovation Center of Social Risks Governance in Health, School of Public Health, Fudan University, China ' Key Lab of Health Technology Assessment (Ministry of Health), Collaborative Innovation Center of Social Risks Governance in Health, School of Public Health, Fudan University, China ' Key Lab of Health Technology Assessment (Ministry of Health), Collaborative Innovation Center of Social Risks Governance in Health, School of Public Health, Fudan University, China ' Key Lab of Health Technology Assessment (Ministry of Health), Collaborative Innovation Center of Social Risks Governance in Health, School of Public Health, Fudan University, China ' Key Lab of Health Technology Assessment (Ministry of Health), Collaborative Innovation Center of Social Risks Governance in Health, School of Public Health, Fudan University, China

Abstract: Although health technology assessment (HTA) has existed in China since the 1980s, the integration of HTA and policy-making is still in its infancy. Knowledge translation (KT) can play an important role in facilitating evidence-based policy-making. This study aims to describe the process of KT from researches to policy-makers and identifying the main determinants of the use of HTA evidence in policy-making in China. Researchers' and health policy-makers' perceptions of HTA KT were identified, using a grounded theory analysis approach. A theoretical framework consisting of four domains emerged to represent researchers' and policy-makers' perceptions of KT from HTA to policy making. Health policy-makers and researchers identified several determinants of KT, including HTA KT processes, alignment between research and decision-making and features of HTA research and health decisions, communication between policy-makers and HTA researchers, and support and resources for KT (organisational support, researchers' and health policy-makers' personal relationships and macro environment support).

Keywords: health technology assessment; HTA; knowledge translation; policy-making; China.

DOI: 10.1504/IJHTM.2017.087599

International Journal of Healthcare Technology and Management, 2017 Vol.16 No.1/2, pp.44 - 58

Received: 16 Mar 2017
Accepted: 27 Apr 2017

Published online: 17 Oct 2017 *

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