Front Row: Cory Evans, Michelle Eder, Nadia Redmond, Tracy Beil, Jennifer Lin, Elizabeth O’Connor, Beth Webber, Leslie Perdue
Back Row: Rachel Thomas, Debra Burch, Megan Iacocca, Allea Martin, Carrie Patnode, Jillian Henderson, Erin Coppola, Caitlyn Senger, Sarah Bean
The Kaiser Permanente Evidence-based Practice Center (KP EPC) is one of 9 centers nationwide to be designated as an official EPC by the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).
The EPCs synthesize available scientific evidence on health care topics by conducting evidence reports, including systematic reviews, comparative effectiveness reviews, technical briefs, technology assessments, modeling, and decision-analyses. These evidence reports are used to guide health care decision-making by clinicians, patients, policymakers, researchers, and payers. The EPCs also conduct research to advance the methodology of systematic reviews.
The KP EPC involves over 75 researchers from the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research, Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute, and HealthPartners Institute for Education and Research. The KP EPC is headquartered in Portland, Oregon at the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research and directed by Jennifer S. Lin, MD, MCR.
Investigators at the Kaiser Permanente EPC have extensive experience in key cross-cutting areas, such as systematic reviews in preventive services and genomic test evaluations, and focused expertise in methods development. Our investigators have completed systematic reviews or methods-related projects for many different groups, including the Effective Health Care Program, the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). KP EPC researchers have also played a key role in the Scientific Resource Center work undertaken for major evidence-based programs such as the Effective Health Care Program, USPSTF, and Evaluation of Genomic Applications in Practice and Prevention (EGAPP).