Scoping reports

The scoping report defines the research question in concrete terms and develops the methodology for the assessment.

The scoping reports that have been completed are shown below.


The FOPH prepares a pre-scope in the form of an initial analysis and a precise definition of the questions asked in relation to the selected theme. On this basis the contractor drafts the actual scoping report. This is submitted to a group of reviewers consisting offour to five independent experts who assess the scientific quality of the report. The report is then submitted to stakeholders and finalised.

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.

Removal of osteosynthesis devices (e.g. screws, plates, nails and wires) used to treat bone fractures (2016)

Research questions: How does the removal of osteosynthesis material in patients without medical indication (elective or routine removal) affect complication rates, clinical outcomes, health-related quality of life and cost-effectiveness outcomes compared to retention of the osteosynthesis material?

Self-measurement of blood glucose in patients with non-insulin treated diabetes mellitus
type 2 (2016)

Research questions:

  • 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 degenerative meniscus changes (2015)

Issue: What is the benefit of surgery on degenerative changes to the meniscus (and neighbouring structures) for patients without gonarthrosis?

Iron replacement therapy for iron deficiency without anaemia (2015)


  1. The connection between iron deficiency without anaemia and non-haematological clinical disorders
  2. Therapeutic need for and efficacy of iron replacement therapy for iron deficiency without anaemia

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