P021 – Implementing and Institutionalizing Deliberative Evidence-Informed Priority Setting (EIPS) in Healthcare in Low and Middle-Income Countries: Experience and Lessons Learnt from Nepal, Ghana, Zanzibar and Tanzania

Organized Session 3

Date: Wednesday 8 May 2024
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Room: Ballroom C
Speakers: Kjell Arne Johansson, Krishna Aryal, Kofi Aduo-Adjei, Omar Mwalim, Ritha Willilo, Chantelle Boudreaux

Details descriptions of the session:

Institutionalization of evidence-informed priority setting (EIPS) in the current dispensation has become a critical venture in ensuring sustainability, efficiency, capacity building and policy learning. Researchers and policymakers from around the world are increasingly recognizing the need for setting healthcare priorities informed with evidence on economic evaluation and contextualized priority setting criteria using a deliberative process. Evidence on strategies, methods, and theories on how best to implement processes to engage stakeholders in EIPS is growing but remains diverse and scant. Also, the implementation process varies a lot between countries. In this organized session, case examples from Nepal, Tanzania and Ghana, will be used to familiarize participants with the lessons learnt in institutionalizing EIPS in resource-constrained settings.

We will describe challenges of accessing data and application of quantitative methods to inform priority-setting processes. In addition, we will also describe the importance of stakeholder analysis and qualitative approaches taken in each country to ensure stakeholder involvement in deliberative and fair processes of priority setting. We will then as a group discuss the approaches that each country is implementing to institutionalize priority setting including sustainability. The group sessions will also discuss the facilitators and challenges based on the experience and knowledge of participants.

We expect to create a pragmatic summary of approaches to institutionalizing EIPS that will note various challenges and facilitators that can be utilized in similar settings to promote sustainable priority setting. Contributions from workshop participants will be detailed in a workshop report. Using tools such as Menti, information will elicit participants’ experiences and views on the challenges of institutionalizing EIPS in low resource settings.

Learning objectives and target audience:

Learning objective is a better understanding of approaches, challenges and sustainable solutions to implementation of EIPS in healthcare at national levels in resource-constrained settings.

Target audience are stakeholders involved in national policymaking and decision making including defining healthcare interventions at national and sub-national level; researchers working in the areas of health economics, health technology assessment, evidence-informed policy and programming, as well as priority setting in healthcare; and anyone interested in strategies and frameworks to promote EIPS of healthcare interventions in resource-limited settings.

Structure of presentation:

The workshop will include country presentations followed by formation of 3-4 smaller groups covering themes such as stakeholders’ involvement, approaches to institutionalizing priority setting exercise, and overcoming challenges. Facilitator led group discussion will include discussion participant feedback. The small groups will report back on critical facilitators and challenges, including methods used.

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