Sustainable Development of the Health System through the Prism of Patient Participation in HTA in Bulgaria

Claudia Georgieva, Antonia Yanakieva, Alexandrina Vodenicharova

Abstract

Background: Several countries worldwide are developing policies aimed at patient participation in healthcare as a critical element for sustainable development in the field. HTA is an essential part of sustainable development strategies, and patient involvement as an expert is a mechanism for ensuring transparent, fair, and equitable healthcare. Aim: The study aims to determine the readiness of patients and patient organizations in Bulgaria to be included in the HTA process and outline the challenges for their implementation. Materials and Methods: The study was based on two questionnaires conducted from September 2019 - May 2020. They involved 563 patients and 53 patient organizations in the Republic of Bulgaria. Various analytical approaches have been applied for data processing. Results: Patients in Bulgaria are willing to participate in the HTA process. The survey proves that 67.1% of the respondents would participate in training organized for them. 64.2% would meet with representatives of the HTA institution. 61.2% are willing to assist in the preparation of HTA strategies and work plans. The main challenge for implementing patients in the process is the low level of competence in the field, which does not allow equal participation in HTA. For this purpose, it is necessary to conduct training campaigns and promote the process among patients in our country and allocate funds to support the inclusion of patients in HTA. Conclusions: Stimulating close cooperation between patients, HTA institutions, manufacturers, and users of health technologies is the basis for the modern health system's sustainable development.

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Georgieva C., Yanakieva A. and Vodenicharova A. (2021). Sustainable Development of the Health System through the Prism of Patient Participation in HTA in Bulgaria. In Proceedings of the International Scientific and Practical Conference on Sustainable Development of Regional Infrastructure - Volume 1: ISSDRI, ISBN 978-989-758-519-7, pages 73-80. DOI: 10.5220/0010586400730080


in Bibtex Style

@conference{issdri21,
author={Claudia Georgieva and Antonia Yanakieva and Alexandrina Vodenicharova},
title={Sustainable Development of the Health System through the Prism of Patient Participation in HTA in Bulgaria},
booktitle={Proceedings of the International Scientific and Practical Conference on Sustainable Development of Regional Infrastructure - Volume 1: ISSDRI,},
year={2021},
pages={73-80},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0010586400730080},
isbn={978-989-758-519-7},
}


in EndNote Style

TY - CONF

JO - Proceedings of the International Scientific and Practical Conference on Sustainable Development of Regional Infrastructure - Volume 1: ISSDRI,
TI - Sustainable Development of the Health System through the Prism of Patient Participation in HTA in Bulgaria
SN - 978-989-758-519-7
AU - Georgieva C.
AU - Yanakieva A.
AU - Vodenicharova A.
PY - 2021
SP - 73
EP - 80
DO - 10.5220/0010586400730080