EU presidency high-level conference: brochure

Health-related needs as drivers for healthcare policy and innovation

The NEED team will be presenting results from its four recent reports during session 1 "Assessing disease-specific health-related unmet needs: creating the evidence base" at the high-level conference on the 17th of April.

This session sets the scene and describes the issue. The current highly supply-driven healthcare system is very reactive in its approach: regulators, HTA agencies and public payers have to deal with the evidence provided to them by developers/manufacturers regarding the unmet needs new health interventions are solving, without a strong evidence base about the baseline needs of patients and/or society. There is a need for a coordinated and harmonized procedure for gathering scientific evidence on disease-specific patient and societal needs according to a standardized methodology and following scientific procedures.

A brochure summarising the key findings from the scientific report on the NEED assessment framework can be found below:

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About NEED

NEED is financially supported by the Belgian Federal Science Policy (BELSPO) through the INFRA-FED call.

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Project coordinators

dr. Irina Cleemput


prof. dr. Robby De Pauw

Sciensano, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Service Health Information