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Reports & Guidance

We publish three different types of report:

Topic Exploration Report (TER) – A TER is published once the initial evidence search on a topic has been carried out. The TER is presented  to the HTW Assessment Group who decide whether the topic should be accepted onto the HTW work programme.

Evidence Appraisal Report (EAR) – Once a topic is accepted onto the HTW work programme, the HTW researchers complete a rapid review of the available evidence on the topic, assess the evidence and draft an EAR. This is reviewed by the topic referrer, independent experts and the HTW Assessment Group before being finalised.

Guidance (GUI) – Guidance on whether the evidence supports adoption of a technology in Wales is produced by the HTW Appraisal Panel which appraises the evidence available in the EAR  alongside expert, patient and public input. The guidance summaries the key evidence and and any implications for the health and social care sectors in Wales.

Expert Review Documents: As part of our appraisal process, we invite experts on a particular topic to take part in an expert review of our draft Evidence Appraisal Report (EAR) on that topic. We ask reviewers to provide comment, either on specific issues/uncertainties that our research team need help clarifying, or the general content of the report and its robustness.  Expert review documents are available to view in the additional documents section of our topic pages.

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285 reports & guidance

TER

April 2024

Hearing aids to delay the onset or progression of dementia

Hearing aid provision to delay the onset or progression of dementia in people living with hearing loss
Read moreabout Hearing aids to delay the onset or progression of dementia
TER

April 2024

ELF test (Enhanced Liver Fibrosis)

The ELF test is a non-invasive blood test which combines three direct serum biomarkers of liver fibrosis. It is for…
Read moreabout ELF test (Enhanced Liver Fibrosis)
TER, EAR, GUI

March 2024

Intensive Family Preservation Programmes (IFPP)

Intensive Family Preservation Programmes (IFPP) for families in crisis, where there is an imminent risk of out-of-home placement or children…
Read moreabout Intensive Family Preservation Programmes (IFPP)
TER, EAR, GUI

March 2024

Video feedback interventions

Video feedback interventions to improve communication within family relationships and support children at risk
Read moreabout Video feedback interventions
TER

March 2024

Kitelock 4%

Kitelock 4% in the prevention of central line catheter associated bloodstream infection and blood clots
Read moreabout Kitelock 4%
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March 2024

Orthotic bracing for scoliosis

Orthotic bracing for the treatment of idiopathic scoliosis in children and young people
Read moreabout Orthotic bracing for scoliosis
TER

March 2024

Slot-scanning, biplanar X-ray imaging (EOS imaging systems) for spine and lower limb conditions and orthopaedic surgery

Slot-scanning, biplanar X-ray imaging, such as EOS imaging systems, is a way of acquiring full body X-ray images using lower…
Read moreabout Slot-scanning, biplanar X-ray imaging (EOS imaging systems) for spine and lower limb conditions and orthopaedic surgery
TER

March 2024

Community respiratory care services

Community based respiratory care services for people with chronic respiratory conditions
Read moreabout Community respiratory care services
TER, EAR, GUI

March 2024

Liposuction for the treatment of chronic lymphoedema

Liposuction for the treatment of chronic lymphoedema
Read moreabout Liposuction for the treatment of chronic lymphoedema
TER

March 2024

Computer-assisted thermography for breast cancer screening (Thermalytix)

Computer-assisted diagnostic tools for thermographic images to assist in diagnosis of malignant breast lesions.
Read moreabout Computer-assisted thermography for breast cancer screening (Thermalytix)
TER

March 2024

Artificial intelligence for the diagnosis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at point-of-care

N-Tidal Diagnose (TidalSense) combines a high-resolution carbon dioxide sensor with an artificial intelligence platform to measure changes in lung function…
Read moreabout Artificial intelligence for the diagnosis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at point-of-care
TER, EAR, GUI

January 2024

Digital wound management tools

Digital tools for the monitoring and management of wounds.
Read moreabout Digital wound management tools
TER, EAR, GUI

January 2024

Low energy contact X-ray brachytherapy (CXB)

Low energy contact X-ray brachytherapy (CXB) for the treatment of early stage rectal cancer
Read moreabout Low energy contact X-ray brachytherapy (CXB)
TER

January 2024

Circulating tumour DNA tests for T790M mutations in non-small cell lung cancer

Circulating tumour DNA tests for T790M mutations in non-small cell lung cancer
Read moreabout Circulating tumour DNA tests for T790M mutations in non-small cell lung cancer
TER

January 2024

Optical sensor devices for the detection of infiltration and extravasation of intravenous fluid

Optical sensor devices for the detection of infiltration and extravasation of intravenous fluid
Read moreabout Optical sensor devices for the detection of infiltration and extravasation of intravenous fluid
TER

January 2024

Optical coherence tomography angiography for detection and diagnosis of vascular diseases of the eye

Optical coherence tomography angiography for detection and diagnosis of vascular diseases of the eye
Read moreabout Optical coherence tomography angiography for detection and diagnosis of vascular diseases of the eye
TER, EAR, GUI

January 2024

Robot-assisted thoracic surgery

Robot-assisted thoracic surgery.
Read moreabout Robot-assisted thoracic surgery
TER

January 2024

Advanced paramedic practitioners

Advanced paramedic practitioners for assessment and treatment of medical emergencies
Read moreabout Advanced paramedic practitioners
TER, EAR

December 2023

Radiofrequency renal denervation

Renal denervation to treat people with resistant hypertension
Read moreabout Radiofrequency renal denervation
TER, EAR, GUI

December 2023

Solution-focused assessment tools

Solution-focused assessment tools for improving the treatment of people with severe mental illness within secondary mental health services.
Read moreabout Solution-focused assessment tools