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Media Advisory Date: June 4, 1997
The Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR) is convening a conference to discuss
national and local efforts to promote evidence-based practice. This is an opportunity for health
care professionals, health plans and health purchasers, lawyers, state and local health care
officials, researchers, and reporters to explore practical ways to put research into practice.
The conference, entitled "Translating Evidence Into Practice: What Do We Know? What Do We
Need?" features two major themes: (1) innovative strategies that work—enhancing health care
quality through the use of evidence-based clinical guidelines and other quality improvement
tools, and (2) legal and ethical issues that help shape the purchase and delivery of quality health
care, and how they contribute to evidence-based practice.
The three-day conference will feature over 50 experts on subjects including medical ethics, the
use of science-based evidence in the courts, information systems, the need to protect patient
privacy, overcoming barriers to guideline implementation, and the international perspective on
Confirmed speakers include: David M. Eddy, M.D., Ph.D., Kaiser Permanente: Evidence-based
Medicine—What Have We Learned?; Mark Chassin, M.D., M.P.H., Mount Sinai School of
Medicine; Medical Ethics: Putting the Patient First; Robert Brook, M.D., Sc.D., RAND: Cost-Quality Interface; Troyen Brennen, M.D., J.D., Harvard University; Medical Malpractice and
Guidelines: What Have We Learned?; Lawrence Gostin, J.D., Georgetown University Law
Center: Patient Privacy vs. Need for Patient Data.
Renaissance Washington Hotel, 999 9th Street, NW, Washington, DC
Monday, July 21, 1997 through Wednesday, July 23, 1997
For additional information, contact: AHCPR Public Affairs; Karen Carp, (301) 427-1858 (KCarp@ahrq.gov), Karen Migdail, (301) 427-1855 (KMigdail@ahrq.gov).