EU: The MAST Manual

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Last update: 24/10/2019

Description (short summary): This manual presents a new Model for ASsessment of Telemedicine (MAST) to be used as a basis for decision-making in the European Union and the European countries on use of telemedicine applications.

This model is part of the results from the MethoTelemed project, whose overall aim is to provide a structured framework for assessing the effectiveness of telemedicine applications and their contribution to quality of care. The development of the model is based on results from two workshops with stakeholders and users of telemedicine in June and November 2009 and a systematic literature review. The model uses the European network for Health Technology Assessment (EUnetHTA) Core model for interventions as its point of departure.

MAST should be used if the purpose of an assessment is to describe effectiveness and contribution to quality of care of telemedicine applications and to produce a basis for decision-making. If this is the aim, this manual defines the relevant assessment as a multidisciplinary process that summarises and evaluates information about the medical, social, economic and ethical issues related to the use of telemedicine in a systematic, unbiased, robust manner. MAST includes three elements:

  • Preceding considerations of a number of issues that should be considered before an assessment of a telemedicine application is initiated.
  • A multidisciplinary assessment of the outcomes of telemedicine within seven domains (Health problem and characteristics of the application, Safety, Clinical effectiveness, Patient perspectives, Economic aspects, Organisational aspects, Socio-cultural, ethical and legal aspects) of outcomes and aspects.
  • An assessment of the transferability of results found in the scientific literature and results from new empirical studies.

Number of pages: 64

Related event notice: DE: Open seminar on a new Model for ASsessment of Telemedicine - MAST

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Nature of documentation: Manual (technical documentation)

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