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.