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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

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
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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.
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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
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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
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TER

September 2022

Digital platform to support older people at home

Digital platforms for older people to support independent living and self-management in the home.
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A graphic representing a Topic Exploration Report

September 2022

Minuteful Kidney test

Minuteful Kidney test for people at risk of chronic kidney disease (CKD)
Read moreabout Minuteful Kidney test
A graphic representing a Topic Exploration Report

September 2022

Processed or cadaveric nerve allografts (PNA)

Processed or cadaveric nerve allografts (PNA) to repair peripheral nerve discontinuities for people with peripheral nerve damage.
Read moreabout Processed or cadaveric nerve allografts (PNA)
TER

September 2022

T2 Magnetic Resonance

T2 Magnetic Resonance to aid early diagnosis of sepsis
Read moreabout T2 Magnetic Resonance
TER

September 2022

RayPilot

RayPilot, a novel real-time electromagnetic tracking device, used during radiotherapy to treat prostate cancer.
Read moreabout RayPilot
TER

September 2022

Real-time continuous glucose monitoring

Real-time continuous glucose monitoring of people with type 1 and 2 diabetes
Read moreabout Real-time continuous glucose monitoring
TER

September 2022

Stereotactic ablative body radiotherapy (SABR)

Stereotactic ablative body radiotherapy (SABR) for oligoprogressive disease.
Read moreabout Stereotactic ablative body radiotherapy (SABR)