Vanderbilt University Medical Center has been chosen as one of 14 Evidence-based Practice Centers (EPCs) in the United States and Canada, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) announced today.
For a decade AHRQ has systematically reviewed and reported on the content and quality of the medical literature on specific topics like choice of depression treatments, prostate cancer screening options, and surgical outcomes for knee replacement. The groups that conduct the reviews and summarize the implications are called the Evidence-based Practice Centers.
EPCs evaluate the state of the science of specified scientific topics by performing methodologically rigorous systematic reviews and analyses of scientific literature, making options more clear for patients with complex or life-threatening diagnoses who face a bewildering array of information and treatment options, for doctors who must consider new reports of possible harms for treatments that have been mainstays, and for payers who have to weigh the potential benefits and costs of coverage of new drugs, procedures, and diagnostic tests.
EPC topics encompass clinical, preventive, behavioral, organizational and financial aspects of health care. Ancillary analyses, such as claims data analyses or use of advanced models to demonstrate potential outcomes of alternatives, are also performed by EPCs. The end result is a combination of existing knowledge termed an Evidence Report. These reports, which Vanderbilt will now play a leading role in writing, are used by groups including federal and state agencies, private sector professional societies, health delivery systems, providers and payers.
This five-year designation as an EPC recognizes the unique strengths of VUMC -- few other academic medical centers have systems as strong for linking medical care, informatics, training and evidence-based medicine resources to rapidly move best evidence into clinical practice.
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Vanderbilt University Medical Center