Speedy sifting for Abdominal Aorta Aneurysm Screening

Adapted from the Adaptation Toolkit developed as part of Workpackage 5 of the EUnetHTA 2006-2008 project.

The "speedy sifting" section of the toolkit assesses the relevance of a report (or reports) for adaptation i.e. is the policy and/or research question posed in each report sufficiently similar to warrant adaptation of this/these report/s? Users can assess the relevance of multiple reports on the same health technology and determine which reports are relevant. The aim is that users could make a decision on each HTA report within 2 hours.

The first question posed in the speedy sifting section can result in either proceeding to the following question (with a “yes‟ response) or ending the process (with a “no‟ response). The following five questions (questions 3 to 8) require judgements to be made by the user. Collectively, as a result of responses to these questions, the user must decide whether to end the adaptation process or proceed to the main part of the toolkit (with/without concerns regarding adaptability). The user is questioning whether this report is suitable for their use.

Questions 2 and 4 of the original toolkit have been omitted because they are already answered (since all content in HTA Core Model Online is in English and scoped in detail.)

When deciding whether a report is out of date, consider details such as: the date of literature searches, when data for clinical or economic evaluation was gathered, and whether the technology has changed significantly.


1. Are the policy and research questions being addressed relevant to your questions?

Open the cover page of the collection and select the domains relevant to you for viewing. You can also view just the list of questions without any of the results.


3. Is there a description of the health technology being assessed?

See the result cards in Description and technical characteristics of technology domain.

Judgement needed

5. Has the report been externally reviewed?

This information is not yet available in HTA Core Model Online.

Judgement needed

6. Is there any conflict of interest?

This information is not yet available in HTA Core Model Online.

Judgement needed

7. When was the work that underpins this report done? Does this make it out of date for your purposes?

The work on Abdominal Aorta Aneurysm Screening began on 4.5.2011 and the resulting collection was first published on 31.1.2013.

Judgement needed

8. Have the methods of the assessment been described in the HTA report?

Open the cover page of the collection and select the domains relevant to you and their methodology for viewing.

In the collection, see

  • the “Collection methodology”,
  • domain specific Methodology sections and
  • methods of each result card where needed.

Judgement needed

This project was funded by the National Institute for Health Research Health Technology Assessment (NIHR HTA) Programme (project number 05/52/01) and was published in full in Health Technology Assessment 2009; Vol.13: No.59

The views and opinions expressed therein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the HTA programme, NIHR, NHS or the Department of Health.