Health technology assessment reports

Below is a list of HTA reports that have been completed.

Glinides and glitazones in the treatment of type 2 diabetes

The aim of the short report is to assess the efficacy and safety of glinides and glitazones in treating patients with type 2 diabetes compared to all other non-insulin based antidiabetics available in Switzerland.

Iron Therapy for Iron Deficiency without Anaemia

The objective of this HTA was to,

  • assess the efficacy and safety of both oral and i.v. iron therapy in patients with symptomatic iron deficiency without anaemia in comparison to other therapies or placebo,
  • develop insights on specific symptoms and diagnostic markers that allow to define an iron deficiency needing treatment and to determine if particular subgroups of patients will benefit more than others from iron therapy,
  • assess the cost-effectiveness of oral vs. i.v. iron therapy for those indications where a treatment effect is being shown.

Chondroitin Sulfate in Osteoarthritis

The objective of the HTA is to compare the safety, efficacy and effectiveness of chondroitin sulfate with placebo, on-demand analgesics and anti-inflammatory treatments in patients with osteoarthritis of the hands, knees and hips. In addition, the cost-effectiveness and budgetary impact of chondroitin sulfate warrants investigation.

Self-measurement of blood glucose in patients with non-insulin treated diabetes mellitus type 2

Research questions:

  • What is the effect on HbA1c of self-measurement of blood glucose in patients with non-insulin treated diabetes mellitus type 2?
  • How does a decrease in HbA1c levels affect clinical endpoints?
  • What is the safety profile of self-measurement of blood glucose?
  • What is the cost-effectiveness of the different possible variations in self-measurement of blood glucose?

Knee arthroscopy for the treatment of degenerative changes

The aim of the report is

  • To systematically review the evidence on the clinical efficacy and safety of knee arthroscopy for treating degenerative changes in the knee (meniscus and neighbouring structures) compared with other, non-invasive forms of therapy
  • To assess the cost-effectiveness and calculate the budgetary impact of such procedures
  • To review the evidence on clinical efficacy and safety, and to compare the cost-effectiveness and budgetary impact of such procedures conducted on an inpatient versus an outpatient basis

Spinal procedures with specific types of implant in cases of therapy-resistant pain and/or neurological failure

The aim of the report is to systematically review the evidence on the clinical effectiveness and safety of disc prostheses in the cervical and lumbar spine and of interspinous or pedicle-based stabilisation in patients with degenerative changes of the lumbar spine either compared to direct decompression only or to fusion.

Last modification 20.05.2020

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