Swedish agency for HTA

The Swedish agency for health technology assessment and assessment of social services (SBU) evaluates methods used by medical and social services, and was founded in 1987. It is an independent national authority, tasked by the government with assessing health care and social service interventions from a broad perspective, covering medical, economic, ethical and social aspects.


Radioiodine or surgical treatment for patients with hyperthyroidism

Hyperthyroidism is a condition that occurs due to excessive production of thyroid hormone by the thyroid gland. Symptoms of hyperthyroidism may include irritability, muscle weakness, sleeping problems, a fast heartbeat and unintentional weight loss. It can be caused by Graves’ disease (an autoimmune disease), multinodular goiter, toxic adenoma or inflammation […]


EU to boost Joint HTA

A new legislative proposal suggests a common regulatory framework within the EU for assessing health technologies This past 31 January, the European Commission presented a proposal to boost cooperation among EU Member States in assessing health technologies, including medications and certain medical devices. After decades of voluntary cooperation, the new […]


Sophie Werkö, new chair for INAHTA

Sophie Werkö, MSc, PhD, Manager of International Relations at SBU has been appointed the precidency for the international network for HTA organisations, INAHTA INAHTA is a worldwide network of 50, publicly funded, non-profit making organisations producing HTA and linked to regional or national governments. The network creates opportunities for exchange […]


Endometriosis – Diagnosis, treatment and patient experiences

Conclusions GnRH-agonist and gestagen treatment seem to have similar pain-relieving effect, but ­GnRH-agonists decrease bone density. Postoperative treatment with gestagen and mono­phasic contraceptives seem to have similar pain relieving effect in women with chronic pelvic pain and dyspareunia. Hormonal intra­uterine contraceptive devices may reduce dysmenorrhea in comparison to no treatment. […]


Dry Needling

Dry Needling is an umbrella term that refers to treatments where needles are inserted into structures such as muscles and tendons without the injection of any agent. Question Which scientific studies have studied the effect of Dry Needling on pain? Identified studies 1. Hall ML, Mackie AC, Ribeiro DC. Effects […]


Co-payments in health care

Co-payments are health care costs that are payed directly by the patients, either as a fixed fee or a share of the total costs. Changes in co-payments can be used as a means to influence health care utilisation. In 2011, SBU published a systematic review with the purpose to summarize […]


Co-payments in health care

Co-payments are health care costs that are payed directly by the patients, either as a fixed fee or a share of the total costs. Changes in co-payments can be used as a means to influence health care utilisation. In 2011, SBU published a systematic review with the purpose to summarize […]


This years annual Health Technology Assessment International, HTAi meeting takes place in beautiful Vancouver, Canada between 1-5 of June 2018. SBU will attend and contribute with interesting workshops and panels. Panels HTA Development in the MENA Region – Sophie Werkö Building partnerships among stakeholders an integral part of HTA: Sharing […]


HTAi Annual Meeting Vancouver 2018

This years annual Health Technology Assessment International, HTAi meeting takes place in beautiful Vancouver, Canada between 1-5 of June 2018. SBU will attend and contribute with interesting workshops and panels. Panels HTA Development in the MENA Region – Sophie Werkö Building partnerships among stakeholders an integral part of HTA: Sharing […]


Birmingham hip resurfacing (BHR)

Osteoarthritis is often associated with joint pain, stiffness and impaired mobility. In case of severe symptoms, the joint may be replaced by a prosthesis. Hip resurfacing is an alternative to the more common total hip arthroplasty. The Swedish Social Insurance Agency (Försäkringskassan) asked what effects and potential complications the Birmingham […]


Birmingham hip resurfacing (BHR)

Osteoarthritis is often associated with joint pain, stiffness and impaired mobility. In case of severe symptoms, the joint may be replaced by a prosthesis. Hip resurfacing is an alternative to the more common total hip arthroplasty. The Swedish Social Insurance Agency (Försäkringskassan) asked what effects and potential complications the Birmingham […]


Intimate partner violence: treatment of the offenders

Effective interventions preventing recidivism are needed to address intimate partner violence. Offender treatment programmes can be developed and strengthened through knowledge mapping of effective methods. Question Which systematic reviews have evaluated the treatment of offenders of intimate partner violence? Identified literature Gilchrist G, Munoz JT, Easton CJ. Should we reconsider […]