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AHRQ and NIH form partnership to broaden evidence used in consensus development conferences

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the Office of Medical Applications of Research (OMAR) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have entered into a partnership to ensure that the panelists participating in NIH Consensus Development Conferences have the latest scientific evidence to support their deliberations.

Located in NIH's Office of the Director, OMAR works closely with NIH's institutes, centers, and offices to assess, translate, and disseminate the results of biomedical research that can be used in the delivery of health services. OMAR convenes NIH Consensus Development Conferences on complex issues of medical importance to health care providers, patients and the general public.

AHRQ will provide evidence-based reports on selected topics for consensus development conferences in 2002 and 2003. The reports will be developed by the Agency's Evidence-based Practice Centers (EPCs). The EPCs review all available, relevant scientific literature on clinical topics, produce evidence reports and technology assessments, conduct research on methodologies and the effectiveness of their implementation, and participate in technical assistance activities.

The first four topics and the dates of the conferences are:

  • Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) for diagnosis and therapy (January 14-16, 2002).
  • Management of clinically inapparent adrenal mass (incidentaloma) (February 4-6, 2002).
  • Management of hepatitis C (June 10-12, 2002).
  • Symptom management in cancer: Pain, depression, and fatigue (July 15-17, 2002).

OMAR will hold a press event on the final day of each conference. Press statements will be available from OMAR's Web site at http://consensus.nih.gov. A summary of each AHRQ evidence report developed for an OMAR conference will be available on AHRQ's Evidence-based Practice page.

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