Two Effective Health Care (EHC) program report series identify research needs and provide guidance on identifying gaps in clinical evidence
Research Activities, January 2012, No. 377
Needs for Future Research
A growing series of reports from the Effective Health Care (EHC) Program of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) identifies gaps in clinical evidence so that researchers and funders of research can improve the body of knowledge available to health care decisionmakers. The series, Future Research Needs, currently includes eight reports that identify research needs in areas such as management of gestational diabetes, treating prostate cancer, and treating common hip fracture. Forty reports are expected over the next several years. These reports are produced by AHRQ-supported Evidence-based Practice Centers, which conduct systematic reviews of existing research on the effectiveness, comparative effectiveness, and comparative harms of different health care interventions. Gaps in evidence identified in these projects are highlighted in the Future Research Needs series. The reports are designed to help researchers and funders of research identify research projects that will expand the body of patient-centered outcomes research available to help health care decisionmakers make evidence-based decisions.
Download and read the Future Research Needs reports at http://www.effectivehealthcare.ahrq.gov/futureresearch.cfm.
Methods for Future Research
Another EHC Program series of reports titled, Future Research Needs—Methods Research, is also available from AHRQ. These reports provide guidance on methodological approaches to identifying gaps in clinical evidence. They are intended to support the ongoing effort to evaluate and improve the knowledge base in priority clinical areas. The series complements the Future Research Needs series.
You can download and read the methods research series at http://www.effectivehealthcare.ahrq.gov/futureresearchneedsmethods.cfm.