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Outcomes and Effectiveness Research Priorities: AHCPR Calls for Suggestions

Press Release Date: May 28, 1996

The Agency for Health Care Policy and Research is seeking suggestions for research priorities related to the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and/or management of common, costly clinical conditions. The call for research priorities—published in today's Federal Register—is intended for health care providers as well as researchers.

The suggestions will be used to develop a new research strategy for AHCPR's medical treatment effectiveness program, which was established in 1989 in response to national concern about the adequacy of scientific evidence for many widely used medical and surgical procedures and about research findings of significant unexplained treatment variations. AHCPR-funded outcomes and effectiveness research determines which clinical interventions are effective, cost-effective and appropriate; develops methods and data for effectiveness research, studies the dissemination of clinical findings and evaluates the impact of findings on clinical practice and outcomes.

To date, AHCPR has funded effectiveness research on a wide range of conditions and procedures, including acute myocardial infarction, stroke prevention, chronic low back pain, localized breast cancer, childbirth and pelvic inflammatory disease, through large multidisciplinary research projects and smaller-scale studies.

Following the closing date for receipt of suggestions, AHCPR will develop a preliminary list of research priorities, convene an expert panel to review them in relation to the agency's criteria for selection of topics, and identify which areas can most feasibly and efficiently be studied by outcomes research methods.

Suggestions for research priorities should be sent no later than July 29 to Carolyn Clancy, M.D., acting director, Center for Outcomes and Effectiveness Research, Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, Suite 605, 2101 East Jefferson Street, Rockville, MD 20852. See "Nominations for Effectiveness Research Priority Topics" in the May 28 Federal Register for details.

For additional information, contact AHCPR Public Affairs: Salina Prasad, (301) 427-1864.

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