Healthcare databases in Thailand and Japan: potential sources for health technology assessment research

Saokaew, Surasak, Sugimoto, Takashi, Kamae, Isao, Pratoomsoot, Chayanin and Chaiyakunapruk, Nathorn (2015) Healthcare databases in Thailand and Japan: potential sources for health technology assessment research. PloS One, 10 11: . doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0141993

Author Saokaew, Surasak
Sugimoto, Takashi
Kamae, Isao
Pratoomsoot, Chayanin
Chaiyakunapruk, Nathorn
Title Healthcare databases in Thailand and Japan: potential sources for health technology assessment research
Journal name PloS One   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1932-6203
Publication date 2015-11-11
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0141993
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 10
Issue 11
Total pages 20
Place of publication San Francisco, United States
Publisher Public Library of Science
Language eng
Formatted abstract

Health technology assessment (HTA) has been continuously used for value-based healthcare decisions over the last decade. Healthcare databases represent an important source of information for HTA, which has seen a surge in use in Western countries. Although HTA agencies have been established in Asia-Pacific region, application and understanding of healthcare databases for HTA is rather limited. Thus, we reviewed existing databases to assess their potential for HTA in Thailand where HTA has been used officially and Japan where HTA is going to be officially introduced.


Existing healthcare databases in Thailand and Japan were compiled and reviewed. Databases’ characteristics e.g. name of database, host, scope/objective, time/sample size, design, data collection method, population/sample, and variables were described. Databases were assessed for its potential HTA use in terms of safety/efficacy/effectiveness, social/ethical, organization/professional, economic, and epidemiological domains. Request route for each database was also provided.


Forty databases– 20 from Thailand and 20 from Japan—were included. These comprised of national censuses, surveys, registries, administrative data, and claimed databases. All databases were potentially used for epidemiological studies. In addition, data on mortality, morbidity, disability, adverse events, quality of life, service/technology utilization, length of stay, and economics were also found in some databases. However, access to patient-level data was limited since information about the databases was not available on public sources.


Our findings have shown that existing databases provided valuable information for HTA research with limitation on accessibility. Mutual dialogue on healthcare database development and usage for HTA among Asia-Pacific region is needed.
Keyword South Korea
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Article # e0141993

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