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AHRQ Evidence Reports and Technology Assessments


In 1997, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) launched its initiative to promote evidence-based practice in everyday care through establishment of 12 Evidence-based Practice Centers (EPCs). The EPCs develop evidence reports and technology assessments on clinical topics that are common, expensive, and/or are significant for the Medicare and Medicaid populations. With this program, AHRQ became a "science partner" with private and public organizations in their efforts to improve the quality, effectiveness, and appropriateness of clinical care by facilitating the translation of evidence-based research findings into clinical practice.

Development of Evidence Reports and Technology Assessments

The EPCs develop evidence reports and technology assessments based on rigorous, comprehensive reviews of relevant scientific literature, emphasizing explicit and detailed documentation of methods, rationale, and assumptions. These scientific syntheses may include meta-analyses and cost analyses. All EPCs collaborate with other medical and research organizations so that a broad range of experts is included in the development process. For additional information, please see the AHRQ Web site.

Available Reports

Following is a list of EPC reports currently available online. Links to the summary, downloadable files, and full-text report (when available) are provided. Additional titles will be added as they become available.

Evidence Reports

Evidence Technical Reviews: