Dr. Egon Jonsson
Executive Director & CEO
Egon is a health economist and the former head of the SBU--the Swedish Agency on Health Technology Assessment. He went on to join the WHO, where he helped establish the Organization's Health Evidence Network, a group that includes the IHE.
When an Alberta firm was fined for an environmental offence involving mental health issues, the presiding judge invoked a “creative sentencing” approach. Three-quarters of the fine was awarded to the Institute of Health Economics to undertake and evaluate a mental health promotion project relevant to the improvement of conditions in the Alberta workplace. Mental Health Works (of the Canadian Mental Health Association) was commissioned to present a 2-day workshop (sessions were separated by 30 days) for senior workplace staff (“influencers”). Sessions dealt with the recognition of mental health problems, connecting with troubled employees, management influences, and suggested worksite policy and procedural changes. Workshop quality, mental health impact, mental health knowledge, and resultant worksite program activities were measured before and after the workshop sessions and 3 – 5 months later. Workshop session day #1 was successfully delivered to 35 persons, while 28 attended day 2. The findings across our three evaluation components can be summarized quite simply. There was strong evidence for workshop quality, there was good evidence that participant learning took place, and there were indicators that some positive developments were initiated in the workplaces of the attendees. This project made use of a manualized, and therefore replicable, workshop presentation that dealt with important mental health matters and showed meaningful effectiveness and promise. Therefore, a more widespread use of these, or similar, workshops is recommended.
This report is an analysis of the theoretical basis for value-based pricing, relevant international developments, and areas for improvement within Canada’s current patented drug pricing system. This report intends to inform future policy research, advice, and Canadian drug policy discussions regarding the feasibility and implementation of value-based pricing approaches.
HTA on the Net provides a list of resources that can be used to collect information for a health technology assessment. While there have been twelve past editions of this popular publication, 2012 marks a new direction for this publication. IHE has collaborated with Information Specialists and others in Spain to broaden the audience of the publication. Part 1 of the publication still includes all of the resources recommended by the Information Specialists at IHE. Part 2 of the publication now includes all of the additional resources that Information Specialists in Spain consider searching when they prepare health technology assessments. In future years, we hope to add additional sections from other geographic locations to truly make the publication an international effort.
This health technology assessment report has been produced in response to a request from Alberta Health (AH) as part of the Alberta Health Technologies Decision Process (AHTDP) to perform an evaluation of the scientific evidence on the safety and effectiveness of TMJ Concepts® and Biomet® Microfixation TMJ prostheses for adults who are indicated for total TMJ replacement.
The objectives for the economic analysis are to determine the cost effectiveness of total TMJ replacement surgery compared to no surgical intervention and to determine the budget impact of total TMJ replacement.