The constant development of medical methods opens new opportunities to prevent and treat illness. Together with a number of other changes in society, the health and medical system is challenged. The choice of new care and treatment options is growing fast as is the pressure from many interested parties. Meanwhile the resources and knowledge to embrace everything new, are limited. Awareness of the need of more systematic assessment and prioritisation processes by the introduction of new methods, is spreading slowly in society.
My research of over three decades focused on method development and assessment of specific methods and working practices within many health care domains. It is very interesting and educational to be able to access many areas and follow the development from prototypes to established technologies. A number of innovations do not however turn out to be as good as initially thought and need to be phased out or prevented from being introduced at all.
Besides evaluations of specific assessments, I have a strong commitment to building a national system for assessments and priority setting. I have worked towards this in research, education and as a member of decision-making bodies and committees.
The question of how health care resources are utilised and distributed fairly will continue to be a key issue within the research, but also a question that an increasing number of politicians and we as patients and citizens need to relate to.