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Topic Suggestion Description

Date submitted: December 14, 2012

Briefly describe a specific question, or set of related questions, about a health care test or treatment that this program should consider.
Is there a relationship or evidence to support PANS/PANDAS? (children/adults/patients who develop sudden onset OCD, as a result of an infection?)
Does your question include a comparison of different health care approaches? (If no, your topic will still be considered.)
no
If yes, explain the specific technologies, devices, drugs, or interventions you would like to see compared:
What patients or group(s) of patients does your question apply to? (Please include specific details such as age range, gender, coexisting diagnoses, and indications for therapy.)
parents, children, all ages, those with OCD and other mental conditions
Are there subgroups of patients that your question might apply to? (For example, an ethnic group, stage or severity of a disease.)
Children, whom often experience infections (ear infections, Strep Throat, etc.) and parents
Describe the health-related benefits you are interested in. (For example, improvements in patient symptoms or problems from treatment or diagnosis.)
More information and a systematic review---It seems that the evidence is lacking and it would be beneficial for greater understanding in this topic area.
Describe any health-related risks, side effects, or harms that you are concerned about.
None.

Appropriateness for EHC Program

Does your question include a health care drug, intervention, device, or technology available (or likely to be available) in the U.S.?
unsure
Which priority area(s) and population(s) does this topic apply to? (check all that apply)
EHC Priority Conditions (updated in 2008)
  • Depression and other mental health disorders
  • Infectious diseases, including HIV/AIDS
AHRQ Priority Populations
  • Low income groups
  • Minority groups
  • Women
  • Children
  • Elderly
  • Individuals with special health care needs, including individuals with disabilities or who need chronic care or end-of-life health care
Federal Health Care Program

Importance

Describe why this topic is important.
It seems that this is an interesting research question and there might be more information to guide and help us understand this condition better.
What specifically motivated you to ask this question? (For example, you are developing a clinical guideline, working with a policy with large uncertainty about the appropriate approach, costly intervention, new research you have read, items in the media you may have seen, a clinical practice dilemma you know of, etc.)
I was reading about it and found that there was not much information on this topic.
Does your question represent uncertainty for clinicians and/or policy-makers? (For example, variations in clinical care, controversy in what constitutes appropriate clinical care, or a policy decision.)
no
If yes, please explain:

Potential Impact

How will an answer to your research question be used or help inform decisions for you or your group?
None. -General information
Describe the timeframe in which an answer to your question is needed.
When possible
Describe any health disparities, inequities, or impact on vulnerable populations your question applies to.
None.

Nominator Information

Other Information About You: (optional)
Please choose a description that best describes your role or perspective: (you may select more than one category if appropriate)
  • Patient/Consumer
Are you making a suggestion as an individual or on behalf of an organization?
Individual
Please tell us how you heard about the Effective Health Care Program
Website