Evidence-based Practice Center
The primary mission of the Johns Hopkins Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC) is to generate, assemble, and synthesize knowledge and evidence necessary for the effective and efficient application of medical and public health practices. To accomplish this, the EPC integrates clinical expertise with comprehensive expertise in evidence-based methods including formal literature review, meta-analysis, decision analysis, and cost-effectiveness analysis.
The EPC is based in the Department of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The EPC involves faculty and staff in the Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology and Clinical Research as well as in the Program for Medical Technology and Practice Assessment. The Welch Center is a collaborative effort of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Bloomberg School of Public Health. The Program for Medical Technology and Practice Assessment represents a collaborative effort of the School of Medicine, School of Public Health, School of Nursing, and the Johns Hopkins Hospital.
The Center's Executive Committee is composed of:
EPC Director: Eric B. Bass, M.D., M.P.H., Associate Professor of Medicine and Health Policy & Management.
EPC Co-Directors: Karen A. Robinson, M.Sc., Assistant Scientist, Epidemiology, Neil R. Powe, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A. Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology and Health Policy & Management; Steven N. Goodman, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Oncology, Epidemiology and Biostatistics.
Co-Chairs of the EPC Scientific Advisory Committee: Neil R. Powe, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A. Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology and Health Policy &Management; Jonathan Samet, M.D., M.S., Chair and Professor of Epidemiology.
For over a decade, faculty and staff in the EPC have been involved in a variety of systematic literature reviews for publication and the development of clinical practice guidelines. They have worked with managed care organizations, other health care providers, private insurers, government agencies, and specialty societies. Faculty in the EPC have performed formal, systematic literature reviews in the areas of cardiology, radiology, kidney disease, eye disease, cancer, endocrinology, hypertension, prevention practices and infectious disease. The EPC has special expertise in performance of cost-effectiveness analyses, decision analyses, utility assessments, and administrative database analyses that are often needed to supplement health practice and technology assessments.
EPC faculty have comprehensive experience in clinical, epidemiologic, and health services research. Faculty have performed assessments of the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of new drugs, devices, and procedures and the decisionmaking criteria and processes used by managed care organizations to make technology coverage decisions. Faculty have also been involved in the translation of evidence-based knowledge into clinical practice and health policy.
The Center draws on a variety of clinical and methodologic experts from both the School of Medicine and the School of Public Health. Clinical experts are drawn from the faculty in the 31 departments of the School of Medicine. Methodologic experts are both methodologically trained clinicians and experts in epidemiology, biostatistics, economics, and health policy. Given the comprehensive expertise of the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions in research, clinical practice, and education, the EPC is capable of bringing together teams with in-depth clinical and methodologic expertise to tackle challenging issues. The faculty have a rich tradition in developing collaborative, interdisciplinary teams in many clinical areas.
Access the Johns Hopkins EPC Web site at: http://www.jhsph.edu/epc
Eric B. Bass, M.D., M.P.H.
Director, Johns Hopkins Evidence-based Practice Center
Associate Professor of Medicine and Health Policy & Management
The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions
1830 Building, Suite 8068
Baltimore, MD 21205
Phone: (410) 955-9871
Fax: (410) 955-0825
Current as of April 2004
Johns Hopkins, Evidence-based Practice Center. Profile, April 2004. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/clinic/epc/jhopkepc.htm