Initiative for Public Health Outcomes Research and Measurement (INPHORM)

Overview

The Initiative for Public Health Research and Measurement (INPHORM) Interest Group is dedicated to developing and promoting appropriate HTA approaches, combining quantitative and qualitative evidence, expert knowledge, performance metrics and meaningful projections to meet the needs of decision makers and be applicable to diverse communities. Although outcomes might more often answer questions of “what works” rather than “what works best”, it is urgent to effectively explore the most adapted solutions and to monitor the impact of public health interventions in different settings or populations both at the individual and broader societal levels.

Unhealthy lifestyles are increasingly eroding human well-being, while hampering socio-economic development in many countries and threatening the sustainability of health and social care infrastructures. Public health interventions that can influence lifestyle and behavior at a population level through individual changes may reach outstanding results in the control of non-communicable diseases.

Specific methodological challenges are related to the complexity of the daily health environment, which include economic, sociocultural, organizational, ethical and legal issues, as well as personal preferences that influence behavioural risk factors such as unbalanced food patterns, physical inactivity etc.

Narrow HTA and EBM methods that have focused on clinical aspects (safety and efficacy) may be unhelpful for a range of reasons: difficulties to measure the impact (e.g. small effect magnitude, long-term horizons), irreducible areas of uncertainty, lack of standardized methodologies and lack of appropriate focus among HTA stakeholders. In addition, they might ignore important and relevant non-health outcomes or suggest—often inadvertently—there is inadequate evidence in the absence of randomized trials.

Aims & Objectives

  • Raise awareness on the importance of HTA to evaluate public health and lifestyle-oriented interventions for preserving and/or ensuring sustainable healthcare and social infrastructures
  • Facilitate the development and application of appropriate methodologies and HTA approaches in the public health field
  • Contribute to the implementation of sustainable preventive measures that will drive positive societal change in sustainable life-style behaviors
  • Enrollment of new stakeholders to strengthen intra-sectorial cooperation of major importance in the public health field

Activities

Current Activities

  • Implementation of a survey to evaluate past and current HTA initiatives in the public health field on a global level
  • Triggering innovative public-private partnerships through an outreach initiative that will engage new stakeholder parties to work together towards driving positive and sustainable societal changes in lifestyle behaviors among citizens in general and at-risk groups in particular (empowerment).
  • Development of an educational tool explaining the role of nutrition as a health technology and a cost-effective driver of successful patient/citizen outcomes, policies and business

Future Activities

  • Realisation of an original research paper based on the current survey study
  • Contribution to the 2019 HTAi Annual Meeting in Cologne, Germany, by preparing a panel session and/or workshop with an innovative and federating perspective.
  • Involvement in, and contribution to, the development of online learning courses

Call for Project Proposals

Lifestyle exemplifies all the types of public health interventions and policy which need evaluating across the health field. The need for urgent solutions increases. Grasp the opportunity to get actively engaged!

Project proposals submitted by the INPHORM members and will be considered. Please follow the APO template here.

 

Executive Team

Chair: Irene Lenoir-Wijnkoop (Netherlands; France)

Contact with the HTAi Board: Iñaki Gutiérrez-Ibarluzea (Spain)

Technical Officer: Jovana Stojanovic (Italy)

Call for Co-Chair and Executive Team members

INPHORM is looking for a Co-Chair and members to form its Executive Team. To learn more about this exciting opportunity, please review the HTAi INPHORM IG Guidelines for Executive Team Positions.

To apply for a position, please submit the HTAi INPHORM IG Executive Team Application Form and CV to the IG Chair at P.I.Lenoir-Wijnkoop@uu.nl.

JOIN THIS IG

Involvement in the IGs is open to all HTAi members with current membership, which allows you to join the IG mailing lists to receive notifications about IG activities and opportunities to get more involved in specific working groups and projects.

To join, or if you have further questions, please contact interestgroups@htai.org.