The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) funds valuable independent research for health and social care decision-makers in England. Reports from the Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Programme are published in the NIHR HTA Journal and inform NICE guidance.
In April 2022, two MedTech-related assessments were published in the NIHR HTA Journal:
- An assessment of uterine artery embolization versus myomectomy for premenopausal women with uterine fibroids wishing to avoid hysterectomy was based on a multicenter, open, randomized trial with a parallel economic evaluation (FEMME). The study was carried out in 29 UK hospitals. It was concluded that myomectomy resulted in greater improvement in quality of life at two years compared with uterine artery embolization for women with uterine fibroids and at a lower cost. However, the differences in costs and quality-adjusted life years are very small. Future research should involve women who desire pregnancy;
- An assessment of supraglottic airway device versus tracheal intubation in the initial airway management of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest was based on a pragmatic, open, parallel, two-group, multicenter, cluster randomized controlled trial (AIRWAYS-2) and cost-effectiveness analysis. The settings were four ambulance services. There was no difference in favorable functional outcome at 30 days or hospital discharge between initial advanced airway management with a supraglottic airway device or tracheal intubation. There were no notable differences in costs, outcomes, and overall cost-effectiveness between the groups.
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