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Completed 4-20 years ago, these assessments may be outdated due to more recent research findings. They should be viewed cautiously in current medical practice and are maintained here for archival purposes only.

Health Technology Assessments and Reviews, 1990-99—Between 1990 and 1999, the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (now the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality) developed technology assessments. Select to access the full reports of these Technology Assessments and Reviews in a searchable database. The full reports are also available below and/or at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Technology Assessment Alphabetical Index Web page.

Technology Assessments

Actinic Keratoses (2001)
Air-Fluidized Beds used for Treatment of Pressure Ulcers in the Home Environment (2001)
Acupuncture for Fibromyalgia (2003)
Acupuncture for Osteoarthritis (2003)
Applicability of the Evidence Regarding Intensive Glycemic Control and Self-Monitored Blood Glucose to Medicare Patients with Type 2 Diabetes (2007): Full Report
Assessment of Liver Transplantation (1990): Abstract / Full Report
Asymptomatic Carotid Stenosis (2012): Full Report [PDF - 1.7 MB] / Disposition of Comments
Autologous Peripheral Stem-Cell Transplantation (1995): Full Report

Bone Densitometry: Patients with Asymptomatic Primary Hyperparathyroidism (1996): Abstract / Full Report
Bone Densitometry: Patients with End-Stage Renal Disease (1996): Abstract / Full Report
Bone Morphogenetic Protein: The State of the Evidence for On-Label and Off-Label Use (2010): Full Report / Disposition of Comments

Cardiac Catheterization in Freestanding Clinics (2005)
Cardiac Rehabilitation Programs(1991): Full Report
Carotid Endarterectomy (1991): Abstract
Cochlear Implants in Adults with Sensorineural Hearing Loss (2011): Full Report / Disposition of Comments
Compendia for Coverage of Off-Label Uses of Drugs and Biologics in an Anticancer Chemotherapeutic Regimen (2007): Full Report
Consideration of Evidence on Antiemetic Drugs for Nausea and Vomiting Associated with Chemotherapy or Radiation Therapy (2010): Full Report / Disposition of Comments
Cost-Effectiveness of CT Colonography to Screen for Colorectal Cancer (2009): Full Report
Cost-Effectiveness of DNA Stool Testing to Screen for Colorectal Cancer (2007): Full Report
Cryosurgery for Recurrent Prostate Cancer Following Radiation Therapy (1999): Full Report

Decompression Therapy for the Treatment of Lumbosacral Pain (2007): Full Report
Design of an Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) Registry
Diabetes Mellitus, Behavioral Therapies for Treatment (2004): Full Report
Diabetic Retinopathy, Measuring Health-Related Quality of Life (2012): Full Report / Disposition of Comments
Diagnosis and Treatment of Impotence (1990): Abstract / Full Report
Diagnosis and Treatment of Secondary Lymphedema (2010): Full Report / Disposition of Comments
Diagnosis and Treatment of Vulnerable Plaques (2004): Full Report
Direct Patient Access to Audiology Services (2001)

ECG-based Signal Analysis Technologies (2010): Full Report / Disposition of Comments
ECG-based Signal Analysis Technologies for Evaluating Patients With Acute Coronary Syndrome (2012): Full Report / Disposition of Comments
Effectiveness of Portable Monitoring Devices for Diagnosing Obstructive (2004)
Electrical Bioimpedance for Cardiac Output Monitoring (2003)
Electroencephalographic (EEG) Video Monitoring (1990): Abstract / Full Report
Esophageal Doppler Ultrasound-based Cardiac Output Monitoring (2007): Full Report
Evaluation of the Evidence on Benefits and Harms of Pulmonary Artery Catheter Use in Critical Care Settings (2008): Full Report
Extracranial-Intracranial Bypass to Reduce the Risk of Ischemic Stroke (1990): Abstract / Full Report

Fluorescence In Situ Hybridization (FISH) or Other In Situ Hybridization (ISH) Testing of Uterine Cervical Cells to Predict Precancer and Cancer (2013): Full Report / Disposition of Comments
Genetic Tests for Non-Cancer Diseases/Conditions: A Horizon Scan (Updated) (2010): Full Report / Disposition of Comments
Genetic Tests for Non-Cancer Diseases/Conditions: A Horizon Scan (2007): Full Report

Health and Behavior Assessment/Intervention for the Management of Physical Health Problems—Cancer Pain (2005)
Health Risk Appraisal (2011): Full Report / Disposition of Comments
Home Diagnosis of Obstructive Sleep Apnea-Hypopnea Syndrome (2007): Full Report
Home Testing in Management of Chronic Diseases (2008): Full Report
Horizon Scan on Hip Replacement Surgery (2006)
Horizon Scan of Invasive Interventions for Lower Extremity Peripheral Artery Disease and Systematic Review of Studies Comparing Stent Placement to Other Interventions (2008): Full Report
Horizon Scan: Lipoprotein Subfractions for Identifying Patients at Increased Risks for Cardiovascular Diseases (2008): Full Report
Horizon Scan of Procedural Interventions for the Treatment of Spine Conditions (2004)
Horizon Scan: To What Extent Do Changes In Third-Party Payment Affect Clinical Trials And The Evidence Base? (2009): Full Report (PDF File, 520 KB)
Horizon Scan on the Use of Genetic Testing in Cancer (2006): Full Report
Horizon Scans of Genetic Tests Currently Available for Clinical Use in Cancers—Update (2011): Full Report / Disposition of Comments
Horizon Scan: Uses of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (2006)
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in the Treatment of Hypoxic Wounds (2001)
Hyperthermia in Conjunction with Cancer Chemotherapy (1991): Abstract / Full Report

The Impact of Pre-transplant Red Blood Cell Transfusions in Renal Allograft Rejection (2011): Full Report / Disposition of Comments
Implantation of the Automatic Cardioverter-Defibrillator (1991): Full Report
Institutional and Patient Criteria for Heart-Lung Transplantation (1994): Abstract / Full Report
Intermittent Positive Pressure Breathing (IPPB) Therapy (1991): Full Report

Laboratory Tests in End-Stage Renal Disease Patients Undergoing Dialysis (1994): Full Report
Lifestyle Interventions for Four Conditions: Breast Cancer, Prostate Cancer, Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus, and Metabolic Syndrome (2011): Full Report / Disposition of Comments
Literature Review for Knee Arthroscopy (2003)
Liver Transplantation for Patients with Hepatobiliary Malignancies other than Hepatocellular Carcinoma (2002)
Long Term Oxygen Therapy (2004)
Lung-Volume Reduction Surgery for End-Stage Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (1996): Abstract / Full Report

Magnetic Resonance Angiography: Vascular and Flow Imaging (1994): Abstract / Full Report
Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy for Brain Tumors (MRS) (2003)
Measuring Cardiac Output by Electrical Bioimpedance (1991): Full Report
Methodological Issues in Evaluation of Innovative Training Approaches to Stroke Rehabilitation (2008): Full Report
Morbidity and Mortality Among Adult Living Donors Undergoing Right Hepatic Lobectomy for Adult Recipients (2002)

Negative Pressure Wound Therapy Devices (2009): Full Report / Disposition of Comments
Negative Pressure Wound Therapy Technologies for Chronic Wound Care in the Home Setting (2012): Full Report / Disposition of Comments
Non-invasive Imaging for Coronary Artery Disease (2006)
Non-Pharmacological Interventions for Post-Discharge Care in Heart Failure (2008): Full Report / Public Review Comments

Obesity in the Elderly (2003)
Obstructive Sleep Apnea—Hypopnea Syndrome: Modeling Different Diagnostic Strategies (2007): Full Report
Outcomes of Sipuleucel-T Therapy (2011) Full Report / Disposition of Comments

Patient Assessment for Wheelchairs (2004)
Percutaneous Kyphoplasty for Vertebral Fractures Caused by Osteoporosis and Malignancy and Percutaneous Vertebroplasty for Vertebral Fractures Caused by Osteoporosis and Malignancy (2005)
Percutaneous Myocardial Revascularization/Transmyocardial Revascularization (2004)
Plethysmography: Safety, Effectiveness, and Clinical Utility in Diagnosing Vascular Disease (1996): Abstract / Full Report
Pneumatic Compression for Treatment of Chronic Venous Insufficiency and Venous Ulcers (2001)
Point of Care Testing of Hemoglobin A1C (2005)
Polysomnography and Sleep Disorder Centers (1992): Abstract / Full Report
Positron Emission Tomography (FDG) for Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Update (2004)
Positron Emission Tomography (FDG) for Brain, Cervical, Ovarian, Pancreatic, Small Cell Lung, and Testicular Cancers (2003)
Positron Emission Tomography (FDG) for Breast Cancer (2001)
Positron Emission Tomography (FDG) for Myocardial Viability (2001)
Positron Emission Tomography for Nine Cancers (Bladder, Brain, Cervical, Kidney, Ovarian, Pancreatic, Prostate, Small Cell Lung, Testicular) (2008): Full Report
Positron Emission Tomography and Other Neuroimaging Techniques in the Diagnosis and Management of Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia (2001)
Positron Emission Tomography (FDG) for Soft Tissue Sarcoma (2002)
Positron Emission Tomography (FDG) for Thyroid Cancer (2002)
Pre-operative Evaluation for Elective Cataract Surgery (2001)
Pre-transplant Red Blood Cell Transfusions in Renal Allograph Rejection (2012): Full Report / Disposition of Comments

Protein A Columns for Immune Thrombocytopenia (1990): Full Report
Pulmonary Rehabilitation for COPD and Other Lung Diseases (2006)
Quality of Life in Macular Degeneration (2006)
Quality, Regulation and Clinical Utility of Laboratory-developed Molecular Tests (2010): Corrected Final Report / Errata (PDF File, 51 KB) / Disposition of Comments

Radiation Therapy for Localized Prostate Cancer: An Update (2010): Full Report / Disposition of Comments
Randomized Trials of Secondary Prevention Programs in Coronary Artery Disease: A Systematic Review (2005)
Reassessment of External Insulin Infusion Pumps (1990): Full Report
Relative Efficacy of Oral Cancer Therapy for Medicare Beneficiaries Versus Currently Covered Therapy (2005):
     Part 1. Gefitinib and Erlotinib for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
     Part 2. Imatinib for Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors (GISTs)
     Part 3. Imatinib for Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML)
     Part 4. Thalidomide for Multiple Myeloma
Remote Cardiac Monitoring (2007): Full Report
Report on the Evidence Regarding Off-Label Indications for Targeted Therapies used in Cancer Treatment (2010): Full Report / Disposition of Comments
Reviews of Selected Pharmacogenetic Tests for Non-Cancer and Cancer Conditions (2009): Full Report
The Role of Bone Growth Stimulating Devices and Orthobiologics in Healing Nonunion Fractures (2005)

Salivary Electrostimulation in Sjogren's Syndrome (1990): Full Report
Signal-Averaged Electrocardiography (1998): Full Report
Simultaneous Pancreas-Kidney and Sequential Pancreas-After-Kidney Transplantation (1995): Abstract / Full Report
Single and Double Lung Transplantation (1991): Full Report
Small Bowel Transplantation (2000)
Spinal Fusion for the Treatment of Low Back Pain Secondary to Lumbar Degenerative Disc Disease (2006): Draft Report***
Surface/Specialty Coil Devices and Gating Techniques in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (1990): Abstract / Full Report
A Systematic Review of Loss-of-Heterozygosity Based Topographic Genotyping with PathfinderTG® Full Report (PDF File, 400 KB) / Disposition of Comments
Systematic Reviews on Selected Pharmacogenetic Tests for Cancer Treatment: CYP2D6 for Tamoxifen in Breast Cancer, KRAS for anti-EGFR antibodies in Colorectal Cancer, and BCR-ABL1 for Tyrosine Kinase Inhibitors in Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (2010): Full Report / Disposition of Comments

*** Report was not completed after draft report due to circumstances beyond AHRQ control.

Treatments for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (2004)
Tomography Scans for the Localization of the Epileptogenic Foci (1998): Full Report
Use of Bayesian Techniques in Randomized Clinical Trials: A CMS Case Study (2009): Full Report / Disposition of Comments
Usual Care in the Management of Chronic Wounds (2005)
Vision Rehabilitation Services (2004)
White Paper: Potential Conflict of Interest in the Production of Drug Compendia (2009): Full Report

*Not available electronically. Contact for report availability.

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Technology Reviews

Cochlear Implantation in Outpatient Settings (1992): Full Report
Combined Liver-Kidney Transplantation (1995): Abstract / Full Report
External and Implantable Infusion Pumps (1994): Abstract / Full Report
Electrical Bone-Growth Stimulation and Spinal Fusion (1994): Full Report
Hematopoietic Stem-Cell Transplantation in Multiple Myeloma (1995): Full Report
Home Uterine Monitoring (1992): Full Report
Intradialytic Parenteral Nutrition for Hemodialysis Patients (1993): Full Report
Isolated Pancreas Transplantation (1995): Abstract / Full Report
Living Related Liver Transplantation (1996): Full Report
Lymphedema Pumps: Pneumatic Compression Devices (1993): Full Report
Myocardial Perfusion Imaging with Rubidium 82 Positron Emission Tomography (1995): Full Report
Procuren: A Platelet-Derived Wound Healing Formula (1992): Full Report
Small Intestine and Combined Liver-Small Intestine Transplantation (1993): Full Report

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