Usa Chaikledkaew BSc(Pharm), MA, PhD*,**,
Kankamon Kittrongsiri BSc(Pharm)*,**
* Social and Administrative Pharmacy Excellence Research (SAPER) Unit, Department of Pharmacy,
Faculty of Pharmacy, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand
** Health Intervention and Technology Assessment Program, Ministry of Pubic Health, Nonthaburi, Thailand

The first Thai-specific HTA guidelines were completed in 2008 with the aim of ensuring that all HTA data was accurate, of high quality, and relevant for making decisions pertaining to healthcare resource allocation. Based on a quality assessment of 89 economic evaluation studies in the Thai context published in international academic journals between 1982 and 2012, the analysis revealed a significant increase in quality of data sources and result reporting in studies published after the dissemination of the first Thai HTA guidelines. As the first Thai HTA guidelines were developed in 2008, a number of areas for improvement have been identified. Therefore, the objective of this chapter is to describe the development process of this second edition of HTA guidelines for Thailand which builds on the success of the first edition, while attempting to address some of the identified limitations of the first edition and reflect the changes that the health care and policy contexts have undergone in the intervening years. It is hoped that this second edition will continue to build on these successes so that policy decision making becomes increasingly evidence-based.

J Med Assoc Thai 2014; 97 (Suppl. 5): S4-S9
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