The appropriateness of care is built on the premise that health benefits of a procedure are expected to exceed any associated risks, and thereby justify performing the procedure in the presence of existing alternatives for a given clinical situation. Collectively, the healthcare system should aim to minimise inappropriate (irrelevant) care, and opt instead for necessary and appropriate care.
An area of HAS focus is the appropriateness of procedures, hospital stays, care pathways and treatment methods as related to the healthcare organisations accreditation procedure.
In 2010, the Ministry and National Health Insurance requested that HAS focus on the appropriateness of care and the prescribing rationale for procedures in which an increase in frequency and change in rate of use were detected.
All incoming referrals lead to discussions on the issues at stake and are aimed at defining strategies and methods that best address the given topic. The activities included in the work programme vary in nature and are adapted to improve the appropriateness of patient care pathways: analysis of issues at stake, tools for the improvement of professional practices, patient guides, best practice guidelines, technology assessments, and indicators.
HAS brings together healthcare user representatives and professionals involved to carry out its activities in order to ensure applicability and use of scientific data.