In 2008 Germany’s Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG)
- an independent scientific body established under the 2004 national health
reform legislation - invited the WHO to evaluate the methods it uses for
developing patient information, as well as the information’s quality and
The report concludes that the methods used by IQWiG provide a valid,
high-quality approach that minimizes the risk of bias, and produce relevant,
objective and independent health information. The process includes relevant
stakeholders, and the inclusion of information gained through interviews with
patients and the review of qualitative evidence add a valuable perspective.
The report also concludes that increasingly it has become clear that a publicly
funded and scientifically independent body can and should play an important role
in providing objective and non-biased information to patients. This information
is also a resource for other countries worldwide - translation into further
languages would provide real benefits...