Evidence-based Practice Center Program: Annual Reports
The Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC) Program's mission is to transform healthcare by increasing the quality, availability, and use of evidence via scientifically rigorous and unbiased analysis of evidence. Each year, the Program shares its progress through an annual "Year in Review" – a summary of newly started projects, completed reports, partnerships with clinical guideline groups and Federal agencies, and "impact snapshots" that provide a glimpse into changes resulting from the EPC Program’s work.
In 2021, the Program remained productive despite the continued challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, awarding 21 contracts and grants and publishing 51 evidence reviews and manuscripts. Topics focused on COVID-19 prevention and treatment, as well as pain management, women’s health, digital health, healthcare disparities, and the needs of learning healthcare systems.
In 2020, the Program began 21 and completed 33 evidence reviews, and published 54 manuscripts, supporting the decision making of 12 Federal and 10 non-Federal partners. Significantly, productivity did not waver despite the COVID-19 pandemic; the Program tripled the number of reports completed in 2020 compared with 2019 and responded with several timely COVID-19-specific products produced in record time.
In 2019, the Program continued to demonstrate high public interest and engagement, reaching 100,000 members on the email distribution list, and receiving 64 new topic nominations. Moreover, the Program partnered with 12 Federal agencies and 9 clinical groups. Six new clinical practice guidelines and two research agendas were informed by EPC reports this year.