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AHRQ Series Paper 1: Comparing medical interventions: AHRQ and the Effective Health-Care Program

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    † Center for Outcomes and Evidence, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Department of Health and Human Services, Rockville, MD
    Jean Slutsky
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    † Center for Outcomes and Evidence, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Department of Health and Human Services, Rockville, MD
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    ‡ Assoc. Director, Health Services Research and Development Office of Research and Development Veteran's Health Administration, Washington, DC
    David Atkins
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    ‡ Assoc. Director, Health Services Research and Development Office of Research and Development Veteran's Health Administration, Washington, DC
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    † Center for Outcomes and Evidence, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Department of Health and Human Services, Rockville, MD
    Stephanie Chang
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    Corresponding author. Center for Outcomes and Evidence, AHRQ, 540 Gaither Rd., Rockville, MD 20850, USA. Tel.: 301-427-1490; fax: 301-427-1520
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    † Center for Outcomes and Evidence, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Department of Health and Human Services, Rockville, MD
    Beth A. Collins Sharp
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    † Center for Outcomes and Evidence, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Department of Health and Human Services, Rockville, MD
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    † Center for Outcomes and Evidence, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Department of Health and Human Services, Rockville, MD
    ‡ Assoc. Director, Health Services Research and Development Office of Research and Development Veteran's Health Administration, Washington, DC

      Abstract

      In 2005, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality established the Effective Health Care (EHC) Program. The EHC Program aims to provide understandable and actionable information for patients, clinicians, and policy makers. The Evidence-based Practice Centers are one of the cornerstones of the EHC Program. Three key elements guide the EHC Program and thus, the conduct of Comparative Effectiveness Reviews by the EPC Program. Comparative Effectiveness Reviews introduce several specific challenges in addition to the familiar issues raised in a systematic review or meta-analysis of a single intervention. The articles in this series together form the current Methods Guide for Comparative Effectiveness Reviews of the EHC Program.

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