Objectives: The aim of this study was to obtain information from members of the International Network of Agencies for Health Technology Assessment (INAHTA) on their involvement of consumers (patients, carers, and related organizations) in their programs.
Methods: A questionnaire for a survey was developed and sent to member agencies in October 2005.
Results: Of the thirty-seven agencies that provided responses, 57 percent involve consumers in some aspects of their HTA programs and 83 percent intend to involve consumers in the future. Summaries of HTA reports that are intended to be easily understood by consumers are prepared by 49 percent of the agencies, and 36 percent involve consumers in dissemination of HTA material.
Conclusions: Most INAHTA members involve consumers in some aspects of their programs, although not always routinely. Involvement seems likely to increase in the future.
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