Tests that are used for diagnosis, monitoring, screening, and prediction of outcomes are playing an increasingly important role in modern health care. The importance of tests in clinical practice is reflected by the increasing evaluation of these health technologies by major Health Technology Assessment (HTA) agencies.
The appropriate adoption of tests into health care systems requires robust evidence of their analytical validity, clinical accuracy, clinical utility, and relative cost-effectiveness.
The development and assessment of this evidence, however, has historically failed to achieve the same level of rigour expected from pharmaceutical interventions. Therefore, there is a substantial need for improved methodology in the health economics of diagnostics which has received relatively little attention compared with, for example, study/trial design and statistical methods.
The MEED Research Forum will bring together health economists working in test development and evaluation to showcase novel methods and ongoing research, network with researchers working in similar areas, and reflect on key priorities for future work.