Identifying Research Needs for Improving Health Care

The American College of Physicians: September 18, 2012.

Insights from systematic reviews can help new studies better meet the priorities and needs of patients and communities. However, systematic reviews unfortunately have not yet achieved this position to direct and guide new research studies. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s Evidence-based Practice Center Program uses systematic reviews to identify gaps in current evidence and has developed a systematic process of prioritizing these gaps with stakeholder input into clearly defined “future research needs.” Eight Evidence-based Practice Centers began to apply this effort in 2010 to various clinical and policy topics. Read more