EPC Evidence-Based Reports

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), through its EPCs, sponsors the development of various reports to assist public- and private-sector organizations in their efforts to improve the quality of health care in the United States. These reports provide comprehensive, science-based information on common, costly medical conditions and new health care technologies and strategies. The EPCs review all relevant scientific literature on a wide spectrum of clinical and health services topics. EPCs also produce technical reports on methodological topics and other types of evidence synthesis-related reports.

Overview

Under the Evidence-based Practice Centers (EPC) Program of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 5-year contracts are awarded to institutions in the United States and Canada to serve as EPCs. The EPCs review all relevant scientific literature on a wide spectrum of clinical and health services topics to produce various types of evidence reports. These reports may be used for informing and developing coverage decisions, quality measures, educational materials and tools, clinical practice guidelines, and research agendas. The EPCs also conduct research on methodology of evidence synthesis.

Participating EPCs

The following list provides contact information and Web sites where available for the 13 Evidence-based Practice Centers currently funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

EPC Topic Nomination and Selection

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) serves as the science partner with private-sector and public organizations in their efforts to improve the quality, effectiveness, and appropriateness of health care delivery in the United States, and to expedite the translation of evidence-based research findings into improved health care services. In this context, AHRQ awards task order contracts to its Evidence-based Practice Centers (EPCs) to undertake scientific analysis and evidence syntheses on topics of high priority to its stakeholders, which includes public and private health care payers, providers, and the health care community in general.

Clinical

Health Care Services

Using systematic review methods, EPCs review all relevant scientific literature on organization and other health care service topics to produce various types of evidence reports intended to inform health care delivery practices.

Methodology and Future Research Needs

EPCs produce technical reports on systematic review methodological topics and other types of evidence synthesis-related reports such as reports summarizing future research needs for a given topic.

EPC Reports A - Z

To view an evidence-based report, use this alphabetic index and select the desired topic.

EPC List of Reports by Number

The following list provides complete titles of released evidence reports, comparative effectiveness reviews, technical briefs, Technology Assessment Program reports, and U.S. Preventive Services Task Force evidence syntheses.

Reports by Year

This page lists all Evidence-based Practice Center reports in reverse chronological order, with the most recent releases on top.

Reports In Progress

The following is a list of in-progress work by the Evidence-based Practice Center Program. Awareness of these reports and their stage of development might be useful to decisionmakers.

Effective Health Care Program Stakeholder Guide

Guide for partners in the Effective Health Care Program program.