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The Institute for Medicine and Public Health

Evidence-Based Practice Center

Evidence-based Practice Center

About Our Center

In 1997, the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR) created a program to increase the use of evidence-based practice in standard medical care by funding 12 Evidence-based Practice Centers (EPCs). The objective of the EPCs is to undertake systematic reviews of currently available evidence concerning various topics including clinical medicine, social and behavioral science, and economics. In 2002, the agency now known as the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) awarded contracts to 13 EPCs, with the addition of the Universities of Alberta, Minnesota, and Ottawa. In 2007, AHRQ awarded two additional EPCs, Vanderbilt University and the University of Connecticut. In August 2012, AHRQ announced the fourth award of 5-year contracts for EPC-IV to 11 Evidence-based Practice Centers to continue the work performed by the previous group of EPCs.

We are synthesizing scientific evidence to improve quality

and effectiveness in health care.

Getting Answers

We examine the scientific evidence about critical questions in health care to help determine best treatment options and priorities for future research.

Building Tomorrow

We offer resources and hands-on opportunities to learn the conduct of systematic evidence reviews and meta-analyses.

Changing Lives

Our projects provide patients, clinicians, and policy makers with high-quality evidence to inform their health care decision making.