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About Evidence-based Practice Centers (EPCs)

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) created the Evidence-based Practice Centers (EPCs) in 1997 to conduct research reviews for the Effective Health Care (EHC) Program. In August 2012, 5 year contracts were awarded to 11 EPCs.

The EPCs are housed at some of the nation’s top universities, medical centers, or research institutions. The EPCs produce comparative effectiveness reviews or effectiveness reviews on medications, devices, and other health care services for the EHC Program with the goal of helping patients, physicians, and policymakers make better decisions about treatments.

Each EPC is each made up of medical researchers from a broad range of clinical health and scientific backgrounds. The people who conduct research at EPCs are medical doctors, pharmacy doctors, psychologists, physical therapists, and other medical specialists. In addition, they are also trained in different types of health research such as behavioral epidemiologists, health services research, and organizational change research.

EPC reports are a large effort, with assistance and input from an editorial and peer review process that ensures accuracy, quality, consistency, and credibility of their scientific evidence reports. To learn more about the editorial review process and the associate editors involved, please visit the About the EPC Editorial Review Process page.

We acknowledge and thank the associate editors and peer reviewers who contributed to EPC reports in 2011 (Letter of Appreciation; PDF, 113 kB), in 2012 (Letter of Appreciation; PDF, 156 kB), and in 2013 (Letter of Appreciation; PDF, 143 kB.)

To visit the Web sites of each EPC, simply click on the links below.