PPI opportunity in Health Technology Assessment methodology (the process of collecting info about a new health technology/service)


Research Area:

Health Technology Assessment/ Methodology/ Decision Making

What is the research about?

The health budget in Ireland is limited, investing in a new technology or service may require a cut or reduction of funding in another service. To make that choice, it is important that accurate and reliable evidence is presented to support decision-making. The goal of Health Technology Assessments (HTAs) is to provide this independent evidence. A full HTA can take over a year and increasingly policy makers require faster responses in the form of a rapid HTA.
A rapid HTA (rHTA) involves speeding up the methods of planning and practice, and/or sharing the results of HTAs with simplified or omitted components.
The aim of this study is to define when and how we perform rapid Health Technology Assessments.
What are the PPI plans?
The public and patients are important stakeholders in HTA. A stakeholder in HTA is any person or body who can affect or is affected by the decisions and activities of HTA agencies. How we meaningfully incorporate PPI in ‘meta-research’ is less well established than other forms of research, but we are keen to work with interested PPI experts and build longer term capacity for PPI methodological research.
A terms of reference will be co-created with those involved and we would love to have PPI contributors involved in all aspects of design and decision making for this project. Our steering committee already has one patient representative to help guide this study.

Opportunity for:

Person living with condition / Member of the public / Parent or carer / Social care experienced person / Service user

Involvement Opportunity Details


Time commitment:

● The PPI group will meet 4 to 5 times over the length of the project (18 months). ● The meetings will mainly be by teleconference but with 1 to 2 meetings potentially in person, depending on group preference. ● Meetings will last approximately 1.5 to 2 hours. ● PPI contributors are requested to attend all meetings (where possible). The quorum will be 3 members. ● We aim to be flexible in terms of mode, dates and time to accommodate all group members. ● Any relevant materials will be provided well in advance via email.

Contact between meetings:

Outside scheduled meetings, communication will be via email. This will be to share any relevant project updates or materials required for PPI panel meetings.

Length of involvement:

18 months

Start date for involvement:




Online / In Person

If online, explain how:

Most meetings will happen online, using Microsoft teams

If in person, explain where:

There will be the option for some face to face meetings using offices in Dublin city or Cork city.

Other ways of communicating:

The researcher team are happy to use phone/video calls or text messages for communications.

Funding available for:

PPI contributor’s time

If no funding available, explain why:

Not applicable

Other Information

Stage of the research study/ programme:

Research started

Is this opportunity for PPI in a PhD:


Closing date to contact researchers:


Research Team

Contact person:

Dr Barbara Clyne


RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences

Contact email:


Researcher background:

The research team is made up of health services researchers, health economists, sociologists, GPs, communication specialists, patients and policy makers

Research funder:

Health Research Board (HRB)


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