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Evidence-Based Services - Evidence-Based Practice 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.

Our information specialists contribute to the Vanderbilt EPC as members of the systematic review team by investigating the feasibility of systematic review topics, developing and updating comprehensive search strategies for identification of relevant evidence, evaluating and characterizing the available literature, extracting data for analysis, and contributing to the final written AHRQ products.

Completed Reports:

  • Lindegren ML, Krishnaswami S, Fonnesbeck C, Reimschisel T, Fisher J, Jackson K, Shields T, Sathe NA, McPheeters ML. Adjuvant Treatment for Phenylketonuria (PKU). Comparative Effectiveness Review No. 56. (Prepared by the Vanderbilt Evidence-based Practice Center under Contract No. HHSA 290-2007-10065-I.) AHRQ Publication No. 12-EHC035-EF. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. February 2012.
  • Andrews J, Yunker A, Reynolds WS, Likis FE, Sathe NA, Jerome RN. Noncyclic Chronic Pelvic Pain Therapies for Women: Comparative Effectiveness. Comparative Effectiveness Review No. 41. AHRQ Publication No. 11(12)-EHC088-EF. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; January 2012.
  • Matheny M, McPheeters ML, Glasser A, Mercaldo N, Weaver RB, Jerome RN, Walden R, McKoy JN, Pritchett J, Tsai C. Systematic Review of Cardiovascular Disease Risk Assessment Tools. Evidence Synthesis No. 85. AHRQ Publication No. 11-05155-EF-1. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; May 2011.
  • Guillamondegui OD, Montgomery SA, Phibbs FT, McPheeters ML, Alexander PT, Jerome RN, McKoy JN, Seroogy JJ, Eicken JJ, Krishnaswami S, Salomon RM, Hartmann KE. Traumatic Brain Injury and Depression. Comparative Effectiveness Review No. 25. (Prepared by the Vanderbilt Evidence-based Practice Center under Contract No. 290-2007- 10065-I.) AHRQ Publication No. 11-EHC017-EF. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. April 2011.
  • Walsh WF, Chescheir NC, Gillam-Krakauer M, McPheeters ML, McKoy JN, Jerome R, Fisher JA, Meints L, Hartmann, KE. Maternal-Fetal Surgical Procedures. Technical Brief No. 5. (Prepared by the Vanderbilt Evidence-based Practice Center under Contract No. 290-2007-10065.) AHRQ Publication No. 10(11)-EHC059-EF. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. April 2011.
  • Warren Z, Veenstra- Vander-Weele J, Stone W, Bruzek JL, Nahmias AS, Foss-Feig JH, Jerome RN, Krishnaswami S, Sathe NA, Glasser AM, Surawicz T, McPheeters ML. Comparative Effectiveness of Therapies for Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders. Comparative Effectiveness Review No. 26. (Prepared by the Vanderbilt Evidence-based Practice Center under Contract No. 290-02- HHSA -290- 2007 -10065 -I.) AHRQ Publication No. 26-E011-EHC035-EF. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
  • McKoy JN, Hartmann KE, Jerome RN, Andrews JC, Penson DF. Future Research Needs for Outcomes of Weight Gain in Pregnancy. Rockville (MD): Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (US); 2010 Nov. Report No.: 11-EHC004-EF.
  • Hartmann KE, McPheeters ML, Biller DH, Ward RM, McKoy JN, Jerome RN, Micucci SR, Meints L, Fisher JA, Scott TA, Slaughter JC, Blume JD. Treatment of Overactive Bladder in Women. Evidence Report/Technology Assessment No. 187 (Prepared by the Vanderbilt Evidence-based Practice Center under Contract No. 290-2007-10065-I). AHRQ Publication No. 09-E017. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. August 2009.

For more information about the AHRQ Evidence-Based Practice Center at Vanderbilt, visit our center website.