We are an independent national authority, tasked by the government with assessing health care interventions from a broad perspective, covering medical, economic, ethical and social aspects.
SBU assessments are based on ‘systematic literature reviews’ of published research. The review method developed by SBU is thorough and rigorous.
SBU was founded in 1987. We are one of the oldest HTA (Health Technology Assessment) organisations in the world.
How are SBU assessments utilised?
SBU’s findings are an impartial and scientifically reliable basis for decision-making. An SBU report could, for example, be an important source of information for other decision-making authorities, such as the National Board of Health and Welfare, the Medical Products Agency and the Dental and Pharmaceutical Benefits Agency. Professional associations of health care personnel, such as doctors, nurses and dentists, can use SBU reports as a basis in preparing their own guidelines. An SBU report can also be used at an individual health centre or clinic to provide guidance on the possible benefits for patients of introducing, prioritising or, in some cases, excluding methods.
SBU reports are therefore intended for those who work practically in health care as well as those who organise and plan health care. The results will also affect many patients and their relatives.
SBU’s independent, scientifically based, assessments are intended to support key decisions in health and medical care.
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