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Media Advisory: November 28, 1997
The Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR) is requesting topic nominations
for the second round of evidence reports and technology assessments that will be conducted by
AHCPR's 12 Evidence-based Practice Centers (EPCs). The topics selected will receive funding within
fiscal year 1998, which began October 1. The EPCs will conduct literature reviews and assess and
synthesize scientific evidence for each topic.
These EPC reports and assessments are designed to help public and private entities develop
and implement quality improvement tools and programs tailored to their own settings and
populations. These may include practice guidelines, clinical pathways, review criteria, and
performance measures and other quality improvement activities. The evidence reports and
assessments also may be used to inform health care decisions for coverage or reimbursement policies.
The formal solicitation, which appears in today's issue of the Federal Register, outlines the
selection criteria and the AHCPR's selection process. Topic nominators may become resources to the
EPCs as they develop the evidence reports and assessments. The nominators also may be asked to
peer review draft versions of the reports or technology assessments.
Topic nominations should be submitted by January 30, 1998 to: Douglas B. Kamerow,
M.D., M.P.H., director, Center for Practice and Technology Assessment, AHCPR, 6000 Executive
Boulevard, Willco Building, Suite 310, Rockville, MD 20852.
For additional information, contact AHCPR Public Affairs; Salina Prasad, (301) 427-1864 (SPrasad@ahrq.gov).