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.


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 […]


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 […]


Practice-based research and scientific evaluation within health care and social services

In 2017, the Swedish Agency for Health Technology Assessment and Assessment of Social Services (SBU) was instructed by the Swedish Government to identify areas of strategic importance within health care and social services lacking substantial scientific evidence. This work should be based on SBU observations following the evaluation of evidence […]


Assistive Technology – Digital tools that involve social stimulation for mental health in later life

Background Assistive technology includes digital tools and information technologies that aim to maintain or increase the security, activity, social participation, or independence of individuals who have or are at risk of developing mental ill health or impairments. Assistive technology overlaps with traditional adaptive technology as it includes compensatory and medical […]


Work-directed interventions for patients with stress-related disorders

Reactions to severe stress, maladaptive stress responses, and the Swedish stress diagnosis exhaustion syndrome are common reasons for long-term sick leave. Stress-related disorders have multiple causes but are in many cases attributed to the individual’s work situation and workload. Work-directed rehabilitation is commonly recommended in combination with other kinds of […]


Treatment for hypothyroidism

Hypothyroidism is due to an underactive thyroid gland. This means that the thyroid gland can’t make enough thyroid hormone to keep the body running normally. The major form of thyroid hormone in the blood is Levothyroxine (T4), and Triiodothyronine (T3). The goal of therapy is to reverse all the clinical […]


Adherence to lifestyle advice

A common advice for diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure and hyperlipidaemia is to change lifestyle. The advice can be for example to reduce the amount of fat, sugar and salt in the food, lose weight, exercise daily, reduce alcohol consumption and stop smoking. An important question is if there […]