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Effective Health Care Program

Former Projects

Academic Detailing

This project assembled teams that provided face-to-face education about the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's (AHRQ) Effective Health Care (EHC) Program research findings to primary care clinician practices and health system sites across the country. Education presented during these visits was accredited for continuing medical education/continuing education (CME/CE) through clinicians’ specific accrediting associations. This project was funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in September 2010; it ended in September 2013.

AHRQ Community Forum

This initiative focused on improving and expanding public and stakeholder engagement in EHC Program research and also in advancing the science for obtaining input from both stakeholders and the general public in the development and dissemination of health care research. The Citizen’s Forum initiative also included the EHC Program Stakeholder Group, which provided input to the Program to improve the applicability and relevance of research products for health care decision makers. This initiative was funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in September 2010; it ended in September 2013.

Access reports, tools, and resources for getting involved and involving others in EHC Program research, dissemination, and implementation.

AHRQ Healthcare Horizon Scanning System

Horizon scanning was conducted of emerging health care technologies and innovations in order to better inform patient-centered outcomes research investments at AHRQ through the EHC Program. The systematic process identified and monitored target technologies and innovations in health care and created an inventory of target technologies that had the highest potential for impact on clinical care, the health care system, patient outcomes, and costs. Horizon scanning also served as a tool for the public to identify and find information on new health care technologies and interventions. This project was funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009; it ended in December 2015. The need and features for the next iteration of this project are currently under exploration at AHRQ.

Access Healthcare Horizon Scanning System reports.

CERTs (Centers for Education and Research on Therapeutics)

The Centers for Education and Research on Therapeutics (CERTs) program was a national initiative to increase awareness of the benefits and harms of new, existing, or combined uses of therapeutics – drugs, medical devices, and biological products – through education and research. The CERTs program was composed of a network of research centers, each focused on a broad therapeutic theme, and the CERTs Scientific Forum. The program was funded and run as a cooperative agreement by AHRQ in consultation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The CERTs program centers were first created in 1999; the program ended in August 2016.

DEcIDE (Developing Evidence to Inform Decisions about Effectiveness) Network

This collection of research centers gathered new knowledge and information on specific treatments and conducted studies on the outcomes, effectiveness, safety, and usefulness of medical treatments and services. The network was created in 2005; it ended in September 2014.

Access available DEcIDE Network research reports.

John M. Eisenberg Center for Clinical Decisions and Communications Science

The John M. Eisenberg Center for Clinical Decisions and Communications Science translated and disseminated Evidence-based Practice Center Program research findings in research summaries and patient decision aids to be used by consumers, health care professionals, and policymakers. The Eisenberg Center also convened a conference of experts to discuss state-of the-art concepts in communication and medical decisionmaking, resulting in scholarly white papers that offer insight into how advances in medical science can be translated into clinical decisionmaking and improved health communication. The Eisenberg Center was established in 2005, and ended in 2017.

National Initiative for Promoting Evidence-based Health Information

This initiative developed campaigns and marketing activities to promote the use of evidence-based health information to help consumers and health care professionals make informed health care decisions. The Initiative also fostered partner relationships with national health professional and consumer organizations to increase dissemination and implementation of AHRQ’s EHC Program research. This project was funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in September 2010; it ended in September 2014.

Online Continuing Education

This project offered continuing medical education/continuing education (CME/CE) opportunities to a variety of health care professionals as a way to promote awareness and use of patient-centered outcomes research findings from AHRQ’s EHC Program. The education delivered through online CME/CE courses gave clinicians access to important clinical data along with the clinical implications and rationale for using the research findings. This project was funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in September 2010; it ended in September 2014.

Access available EHC Program online CME/CE courses.

Regional Partnership Development Offices

These partnerships focused on enhancing awareness, understanding, and use of AHRQ’s EHC Program research by local, State, and regional organizations representing patients and consumers, health care professionals, health care systems, and businesses. Five regional offices served as liaisons between AHRQ and organizations’ members or constituencies, working to promote the research findings that addressed the health care needs of consumers and health care professionals in each region. This project was funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in September 2010; it ended in September 2014.

Systematic Dissemination Program Evaluation

This project measured the effectiveness of strategies that were aimed to build awareness, understanding, and behavior change among audiences targeted by four projects that disseminated research findings from AHRQ’s EHC Program:

  • National Initiative for Promoting Evidence-Based Health Information
  • Regional Partnership Development Offices
  • Academic Detailing
  • Online Continuing Education

This contract was funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in September 2010; it ended in September 2013.