Upon completion of the minor, you are able to combine insights form the fields of basic sciences, health technology assessment, and philosophy of technology to evaluate a surgical innovation.
When finished this course you will able to:
- Understand the steps taken in an innovation and implementation cycle (structuring a health problem, designing interventions, assessing their consequences, fostering implementation, and evaluating the results), and explain the most important research methods associated with each step.
- Reconstruct, by means of qualitative research methods, the views of stakeholders and employ the communicative skills to use these views during the innovation cycle.
- Use insights from the philosophy of technology to reflect on the normative assumptions that shape the thinking of stakeholders involved in the health innovation, including your own.
- Perform a health technology assessment of a health innovation on the basis of an appropriate design and relevant outcome measures, including economic analysis and the assessment of patient reported outcomes.
- Develop and evaluate a successful implementation strategy based on measured barriers and facilitators.
This minor is for those who want to improve surgical care by ensuring that innovative interventions match the needs of patients, physicians, and other stakeholders. Therefore we need to look at surgical practice from the perspectives of all relevant stakeholders and understand what working mechanisms contribute to problems in the field. We need to understand which working mechanisms (biological, social, political) contribute to problems, and identify new interventions to solve them. We also need to employ mechanism- and evidence-based approaches to evaluate the interventions. This all helps to understand the value of interventions, identify barriers and facilitators to implementation, and recognize possibilities for improvement.
You will learn basic methods of problem structuring (interviewing, qualitative research, interactive evaluation), and health technology assessment (outcome measurement, economic analysis and decision modeling). This minor involves practice-based leaning, you and others working with stakeholders on real problems in the field of surgery.
Innovation, health technology assessment, surgery, interactive evaluation, philosophy of technology