Systematic Reviews in Preventive Services

Current Projects

Systematic Evidence Reviews to Support the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 10/12 – 09/18
Supports the work of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality on behalf of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force to prepare 15 systematic evidence reviews to be used by the Task Force to make recommendations on new preventive services or update its previous recommendations.

Scientific Resource Center to Support the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 09/11 – 06/16
Establishes a Scientific Resource Center to work closely with AHRQ and the USPSTF to support and coordinate some of the governing functions of the USPSTF and many of the global activities associated with all USPSTF topics, including conflict of interest, horizon scanning, topic nomination & development, methods, and updating the USPSTF procedure manual.

Ongoing Technical Support to the US Preventive Services Task Force

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 10/12 – 09/16
Provides ongoing technical assistance to the US Preventive Services Task Force in the following areas: 1. Workgroups, 2. Methods, 3. Recommendation Statements, and 4. Translation of Research. It also covers the management of the USPSTF topic portfolio.

Systematic Review Support for Obesity Guideline Development Panel – Phase Two

American Psychological Association 06/15 – 05/16
Develops a systematic review on multi-component behavioral interventions for weight management in children and adolescents.

Past Projects

Systematic Review Support for Obesity Guideline Development Panel – Phase One

American Psychological Association 10/14 – 02/15
Develops a work plan for a systematic review on multi-component behavioral interventions for weight management in children and adolescents.

Update of Community Guide Reviews on the Effectiveness of Physical Activity Interventions

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 09/12 – 09/14
Supports the work of The Guide to Community Preventive Services on behalf of the U.S. Community Preventive Services Task Force to update 11 systematic reviews on the effectiveness of interventions in promoting physical activity.

Knowledge Synthesis Center for Genomic Applications

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 09/10 – 08/13
Establishes a Knowledge Synthesis Center in Genomics to synthesize evidence on current and emerging genetic tests, support translations of evidence into clinical and policy recommendations, and disseminate evidence to decision makers.

Methods and Dissemination: Collaboration to Improve Validity, Consistency, and Utility of Systematic Reviews

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 10/12 – 08/13
Collaboration on methods and dissemination to improve validity and utility of systematic reviews of the Evidence-based Practice Centers (EPC) program. Includes participation in 1) a workgroup to advance stakeholder engagement during the identification, development, refinement, and prioritization of topics by determining the optimal stakeholder group size and representativeness, use of value of information, and ideal methods of engagement, and 2) a workgroup to establish robust methods for conducting rapid reviews, technical briefs and other related products that are both scientifically valid and responsive to clinical decision making within the context of limited availability of time and resources.

Scientific Resource Center to Support the AHRQ Effective Health Care Program

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 06/05–09/12
Provides technical support for topic nomination development and selection processes, including the creation and implementation of a process for the development and selection of new research topics; developing procedures and leading training workshops to disseminate topic nomination development processes to other EPCs; providing scientific oversight and consultation to EPCs as they undertake topic nomination development; and supporting and developing methods to advance comparative effectiveness research.

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009: Comprehensive EPC Comparative Effectiveness Reviews for Effective Health Care; Area of Concentration 7: Care Delivery (EPC ARRA)

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 10/09–10/12
Establishes a comprehensive center in comparative effectiveness research in health care delivery, prevention, and behavioral interventions in order to develop research topics, conduct comparative effectiveness systematic reviews, and develop future research agendas in these cross-cutting areas.

Comparative Effectiveness in Genomic & Personalized Medicine for Colon Cancer (CERGEN)

National Cancer Institute 09/09–09/12
Examines several genetic tests related to colon cancer to determine who gets tested, which therapies patients should receive, how test results help them decide what to do, and if they have different health outcomes resulting from being tested. Summarizes research that has already been published and analyzes cost information about the use of these tests.

Systematic Evidence Reviews to Support the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 09/02–09/12
Supports the work of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality on behalf of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force to prepare systematic evidence reviews to be used by the Task Force to make recommendations on new preventive services or update its previous recommendations.

Centers for Education and Research on Therapeutics (CERTs) Coordinating Center

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 09/07–08/12
Supports the third cycle of the CERTs research and educational programs on drugs, medical devices, and biologicals through a private-public consortium among Kaiser Permanente, the Oregon Health & Science University, AHRQ, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the CERTs Steering Committee.

CESR Chiefs Survey Prioritization Project

Kaiser Permanente Center for Effectiveness and Safety Research (CESR) 10/10–06/11
Includes developing a list of comparative effectiveness research topics of importance to Kaiser Permanente constituents, developing a list of prioritized comparative effectiveness research topics by clinical specialty, and informing ongoing CESR-related activities, including investigators submitting new research proposals.

Turning Evidence Gaps Identified in Systematic Reviews into Community-Informed Research: Piloting the Process with Depression Screening Reviews (EXCITER)

Oregon Clinical and Translational Institute 06/09–12/09
Pilots a process through which community, clinician, and researcher input informs the development of research protocols based on evidence gaps identified in systematic evidence reviews.

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