The Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR) supports 12 Evidence-based Practice Centers (EPCs) to undertake scientific analyses and evidence syntheses on high-priority topics. The science syntheses-evidence reports and technology assessments produced by the EPCs provide the scientific foundation for public and private organizations to use in developing and implementing their own practice guidelines, performance measures and other tools to improve the quality of health care and make decisions related to the effectiveness or appropriateness of specific health care technologies. This project was an evaluation of these reports aimed at tracking the use and perceptions of the EPC products to improve future products from the program. The primary method used to study the EPC Program was a survey of collaborators to the Evidence-Based Practice Centers and of potential users. The organizations surveyed included quality improvement organizations, health care providers, health-related schools, health-related professional associations, government organizations, and government research agencies. The findings support and illustrate the usefulness in the reports and that the EPC program should continue to aim to produce high-quality comprehensive reviews on important clinical topics that lead to concise and clear results.
AGENCY SPONSOR: Center for Practice and Technology Assessment
FEDERAL CONTACT: Margaret Coopey, 301-594-4022
PIC ID: 7037
PERFORMER: Medstat Group, Washington, DC