The aim of the HTA Programme is to ensure that high quality research information on the
effectiveness, costs and broader impact of health technology is produced in the most efficient way for
those who use, manage, provide care in or develop policy for the NHS. Topics for research are
identified and prioritised to meet the needs of the NHS. Health technology assessment forms a
substantial portfolio of work within the National Institute for Health Research and each year about fifty
new studies are commissioned to help answer questions of direct importance to the NHS. The studies
include both primary research and evidence synthesis.
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