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AHRQ EPC Program Helps Health Systems Use Evidence

Series Overview

The AHRQ Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC) program is committed to partnering with organizations to make sure its evidence reports can be used in practice. 

As part of AHRQ's commitment to accelerating the spread of evidence-based best practices across learning health systems, the EPC Program wants to help learning health systems use the evidence from its evidence reports to improve patient care. This webpage showcases projects by the EPC program to help make evidence reports more useful for health systems.

Learning Health Systems Panel

In 2018, the AHRQ EPC Program started a project to enhance learning health systems' adoption of evidence to improve the quality and effectiveness of patient care. To do this, it is convening a learning health systems panel to guide the development of products and tools that will help health systems use findings from EPC evidence reviews. The learning health systems panel is generating ideas, providing feedback, and making improvements to products and tools. In 2020-21, learning health systems represented in the panel will implement and evaluate materials. Get more details about the Learning Health Systems Panel.

Methods Reports

The reports listed in this section aim to help advance the methods used by the EPCs in conducting and disseminating systematic reviews that can be useful to health systems.

Related Links

Reid R, Guise JM, Fiodalisi C, et al. NxGen evidence: redesigning the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Effective Health Care website to promote engagement, interactivity, and usability of systematic reviews. Research Synthesis Methods. 31 July 2020 [Epub before print].

Borsky AE, Flores EJ, Berliner E, Chang C, Umscheid CA, Chang SM. AHRQ Evidence-based Practice Center Program: Applying the Knowledge to Practice to Data Cycle to Strengthen the Value of Patient Care. Journal of Hospital Medicine. 2019. DOI: 10.12788/jhm.3157 

Guise JM, Savitz LA, Friedman CP. Mind the Gap: Putting Evidence into Practice in the Era of Learning Health Systems. J Gen Intern Med. 2018. DOI: 10.1007/s11606-018-4633-1

2019 Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety Series

This series highlighted the EPCs pilot translational products to improve the ability of health systems to access and understand information from the EPC evidence reviews.