Topics assigned to 12 study centers
The first dozen topics chosen for the evidence-based practice initiative of the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR) were culled from more than 300 suggestions sent to the agency by professional societies, government agencies, patient advocacy groups and other organizations, said Kathy McDonald, coordinator of the Evidence-based Practice Center jointly run by Stanford and UCSF.
In addition to Stanford’s assignment – management of stable angina – the topics and centers are:
• pharmacotherapy for alcohol dependence (Research Triangle Institute and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
• diagnosis of sleep apnea (Meta Works, Inc., Boston)
• treatment of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (McMaster University)
• rehabilitation after traumatic brain injury (Oregon Health Sciences University)
• testosterone-suppression treatment for prostate cancer (Blue Cross/ Blue Shield Technical Evaluation Center, Chicago)
• evaluation of cervical cytology (Duke University)
• treatment of depression with new drugs (University of Texas, San Antonio)
• evaluation and treatment of new onset of atrial fibrillation in the elderly (Johns Hopkins University)
• prevention and management of urinary complications in paralyzed persons (RAND Corp., Santa Monica)
• diagnosis and treatment of acute sinusitis (New England Medical Center)
• diagnosis and treatment of swallowing problems in the elderly (ECRI, Plymouth Meeting, Pa.).