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Prepared for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (Contract No.
Kevin M. Chin, MD, MS;
Benjamin Wessler, BA;
Priscilla Chew, MPH; and
Joseph Lau, MD
Tufts-New England Medical Center Evidence-based Practice Center
Street, NEMC #63
Boston, MA 02111
This report is based on research conducted by the Tufts-New England Medical
Practice Center (EPC) under contract to the Agency for Healthcare Research
(AHRQ), Rockville, MD (Contract No. 290-02-0022). The findings and conclusions
document are those of the author(s) who are responsible for its contents; the
conclusions do not necessarily represent the views of AHRQ. Therefore, no statement
article should be construed as an official position of the Agency for Healthcare
Quality or of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The information in this report is intended to help health care decision-makers;
clinicians, health system leaders, and policymakers, make well-informed decisions
improve the quality of health care services. This report is not intended to
be a substitute for the
application of clinical judgment. Decisions concerning the provision of clinical
care should consider this report in the same way as any medical reference and
in conjunction with all other
pertinent information, i.e., in the context of available resources and circumstances
Acknowledgments: The authors would like to thank AHRQ Task Order Officer,
Dr. Gurvaneet Randhawa, for his invaluable contributions throughout the process
of producing this technology assessment.
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