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Evidence-based Practice Center Editorial Review Process

The Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC) editorial review process ensures the accuracy, quality, consistency, and credibility of its evidence reports, including:

  • Internal review by Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) staff to assess adherence to EPC Program expectations
  • Review by an EPC associate editor to assess adherence to established methodology and guidance for EPC-based evidence synthesis
  • Peer review by topic and methodology experts and by stakeholders. The Scientific Resource Center manages this peer review independently from the EPC investigators who are producing the evidence reports
  • Public review to solicit comments from the public at large
  • Posting of the disposition of comments after the final report has been posted on the Effective Health Care Program Web site

By using this multifaceted review process, AHRQ is committed to producing highly useful reports for a broad audience of stakeholders.

EPC Associate Editors

The EPC associate editors are researchers who have been nominated and selected by AHRQ and the Scientific Resource Center leadership to provide scientific oversight to the authors of evidence reports. The EPC associate editors are leaders in their respective fields and are actively involved as directors or leaders at their EPCs. They represent a broad range of expertise in such fields as medicine and clinical epidemiology, as well as the methodology of evidence synthesis. Three EPC associate editors specialize in reports on research methodology.

To maintain the highest standards, the EPC associate editors do not review evidence reports produced by their own EPC or any other topic for which they have a conflict of interest.

EPC Associate Editors

Ethan M. Balk, M.D., M.P.H.
Co-Director, Brown Evidence-based Practice Center
Associate Professor, Health Services, Policy, and Practice 
Brown University School of Public Health

Eric B. Bass, M.D., M.P.H.
Director, Johns Hopkins University Evidence-based Practice Center
Professor of Medicine with joint appointments in Health Policy & Management, Epidemiology, and Nursing
Johns Hopkins University

Mary Butler, Ph.D., M.B.A.
Co-Director, Minnesota Evidence-based Practice Center
Associate Professor, Health Policy & Management,
University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health

Tim Carey, M.D., M.P.H.
Director, Sheps Center for Health Services Research
UNC Chapel Hill

Roger Chou, M.D., FACP
Director, Pacific Northwest Evidence-based Practice Center
Professor, Departments of Medicine &
Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology
Oregon Health & Science University

Mark Helfand, M.D., M.P.H.
Director, Scientific Resource Center
Portland VA Research Foundation
Staff Physician, Portland VA Medical Center

Susanne Hempel, Ph.D. 
Director, Southern California Evidence Review Center
Professor, Department of Population and Public Health Sciences 
University of Southern California

Margaret A. Maglione, M.P.P.
Investigator, Southern California Evidence Review Center
University of Southern California

Marian McDonagh, Pharm.D.
Co-Director, Pacific Northwest Evidence-based Practice Center
Professor, Oregon Health & Science University

M. Hassan Murad, M.D., M.P.H.
Director, Mayo Clinic Evidence-based Practice Center
Professor of Medicine
Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science

Carrie D. Patnode, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Investigator, Kaiser Permanente Evidence-based Practice Center
Center for Health Research, Kaiser Permanente Northwest

Karen A. Robinson, Ph.D.
Director, Johns Hopkins University Evidence-based Practice Center
Professor, Departments of Medicine, Epidemiology, and Health Policy and Management
Johns Hopkins University

Ian Saldanha , M.B.B.S., M.P.H., Ph.D.
Assistant Director, Brown Evidence-based Practice Center
Assistant Professor of Health Services, Policy, and Practice
Assistant Professor of Epidemiology
Brown University School of Public Health

Jonathan R. Treadwell, Ph.D.
Associate Director, ECRI Institute Evidence-based Practice Center

Meera Viswanathan, Ph.D. 
Director, RTI-UNC Evidence-based Practice Center
Fellow
RTI International

Timothy J. Wilt, M.D., M.P.H.
Co-Director, Minnesota Evidence-based Practice Center
Staff Physician and Core Investigator Minneapolis VA Center for Care Delivery and Outcomes Research
Professor of Medicine, Adjunct Professor, Division of Health Policy and Management
University of Minnesota Schools of Medicine and Public Health
 

Page last reviewed December 2021
Page originally created September 2017

Internet Citation: Evidence-based Practice Center Editorial Review Process. Content last reviewed December 2021. Effective Health Care Program, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.
https://effectivehealthcare.ahrq.gov/about/epc/review

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