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About CADTH

What Does the Evidence Say?

CADTH believes that credible, objective evidence should inform every important health care decision. When you want to know what the evidence says, ask CADTH.

CADTH is an independent, not-for-profit organization responsible for providing health care decision-makers with objective evidence to help make informed decisions about the optimal use of health technologies, including:

  • drugs
  • diagnostic tests
  • medical, dental, and surgical devices and procedures.

In addition to evidence, we also provide advice, recommendations, and tools.

Delivering Value to Canadians

Created in 1989 by Canada’s federal, provincial, and territorial governments, CADTH was born from the idea that Canada needs a coordinated approach to assessing health technologies. The result was an organization that harnesses Canadian expertise from every region and produces evidence-informed solutions that benefit patients in jurisdictions across the country.

Over the years, CADTH has grown to be a key resource to the health care system. Among other things, we:

  • help health care decision-makers keep pace with technological change
  • review and make recommendations on new and existing health technologies
  • undertake comprehensive Health Technology Assessments that leverage the full depth and power of today’s evidence-rich environment
  • examine practices, processes, and protocols to provide a better understanding of the current landscape in health care
  • scan the horizon to give health care leaders a glimpse of what the future might bring.

Expanding our Reach to Patients and Clinicians

Patients and clinicians are among the most important beneficiaries of our work, and we strive to engage them in meaningful and constructive ways through our committees and panels and our input and feedback opportunities. Stakeholder input provides CADTH with invaluable insight through a real-world lens.

Setting the Standard

Sometimes there simply isn’t enough good evidence to answer an important health care question. Working with partners and stakeholders, CADTH is committed to cultivating an environment of evidence generation and adoption across Canada. CADTH is not only uniquely positioned to champion the importance of meaningful evidence, but also to direct its generation and use, leading to better decisions.

And That’s Just the Beginning…

The power of knowledge is multiplied every time it is shared. Our website, cadth.ca, is a freely available evidence repository, and our CADTH Liaison Officers, located in communities across the country, bring evidence and solutions right to the doorstep of those who need them.

Want to Know More?

We welcome your interest. Feel free to browse cadth.ca or to contact us with your questions. What does the evidence say to you?