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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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272 reports & guidance

TER

February 2023

Endoscopic balloon dilation

Endoscopic balloon dilation for subglottic or tracheal stenosis
Read moreabout Endoscopic balloon dilation
A graphic representing a Topic Exploration Report

February 2023

Smartinhalers

Smartinhalers for people with asthma and other respiratory conditions
Read moreabout Smartinhalers
TER

February 2023

Personal SOS alarm wearables

Personal SOS alarm wearables for vulnerable and/or older people.
Read moreabout Personal SOS alarm wearables
TER

February 2023

Retinal-based AI-enabled tool

Retinal-based AI-enabled tool to triage people at risk of cardiovascular disease
Read moreabout Retinal-based AI-enabled tool
TER

February 2023

Digital psychological therapies

Digitally delivered psychological therapies for the treatment of depression
Read moreabout Digital psychological therapies
TER

February 2023

Electronic prescribing and medicines administration systems

Electronic prescribing and medicines administration systems for all secondary care inpatient and outpatient, including paediatric, settings.
Read moreabout Electronic prescribing and medicines administration systems
TER

February 2023

Electronic prescribing and medicines administration systems

Electronic prescribing and medicines administration systems for all secondary care inpatient and outpatient, including paediatric, settings.
Read moreabout Electronic prescribing and medicines administration systems
A graphic representing a Topic Exploration Report

February 2023

Ambulatory patch electrocardiography monitoring devices

Ambulatory patch electrocardiography monitoring devices used to detect cardiac arrhythmias
Read moreabout Ambulatory patch electrocardiography monitoring devices
TER

January 2023

Passive monitoring technologies to support the independence of older adults living alone

Passive monitoring technologies to support the independence of older adults living alone by identifying changes from normal routines and the…
Read moreabout Passive monitoring technologies to support the independence of older adults living alone
TER

January 2023

Stereotactic ablative body radiotherapy (SABR) for locally advanced exocrine pancreatic cancer

Stereotactic ablative body radiotherapy (SABR) for locally advanced exocrine pancreatic cancer.
Read moreabout Stereotactic ablative body radiotherapy (SABR) for locally advanced exocrine pancreatic cancer
TER

January 2023

Leadless cardiac pacemakers for bradyarrhythmias

Leadless cardiac pacemakers for bradyarrhythmias due to contraindications for conventional pacemakers
Read moreabout Leadless cardiac pacemakers for bradyarrhythmias
A graphic representing a Topic Exploration Report

January 2023

Co-ordinated treatment or management plans

Co-ordinated treatment or management plans for people with multi-morbidities
Read moreabout Co-ordinated treatment or management plans
TER

January 2023

Clinical decision support software (CDSS) during emergency telephone triage

Clinical decision support software (CDSS) during emergency telephone triage for people identified as lower urgency who may be able to…
Read moreabout Clinical decision support software (CDSS) during emergency telephone triage
TER, EAR, GUI

December 2022

Virtual reality distraction therapy

Virtual reality therapy for the management of procedure-related pain.
Read moreabout Virtual reality distraction therapy
A graphic representing a Topic Exploration Report

December 2022

Virtual wards

Virtual wards to deliver care in community settings
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TER, EAR, GUI

November 2022

Continuous topical oxygen therapy

Continuous topical oxygen therapy to treat people with chronic non-healing and complex diabetic foot ulcers
Read moreabout Continuous topical oxygen therapy
TER, EAR, GUI

October 2022

Left atrial appendage occlusion in patients with atrial fibrillation

Left atrial appendage occlusion in patients with atrial fibrillation
Read moreabout Left atrial appendage occlusion in patients with atrial fibrillation
A graphic representing a Topic Exploration Report

October 2022

Genetic testing (prostate cancer)

Genetic testing for prostate cancer care.
Read moreabout Genetic testing (prostate cancer)
TER

October 2022

Autofluorescence imaging

Adjunctive autofluorescence imaging of oral mucosal abnormalities to identify malignancy or premalignancy, including, but not limited to, OralID
Read moreabout Autofluorescence imaging
TER

October 2022

Geniculate artery embolisation

Geniculate artery embolisation to relieve long-term pain for adults with knee osteoarthritis
Read moreabout Geniculate artery embolisation