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Methods Guide for Medical Test Reviews

Edited by Stephanie M Chang, MD, MPH, David B Matchar, MD, Gerald W Smetana, MD, and Craig A Umscheid, MD, MS.

Editor Information

Edited by Stephanie M Chang, MD, MPH,1 David B Matchar, MD,2 Gerald W Smetana, MD,3 and Craig A Umscheid, MD, MS4.

1 AHRQ
2 Duke University
3 Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School
4 University of Pennsylvania
Rockville (MD): Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (US); .
Publication No.: 12-EHC017

Excerpt

Effectiveness and Comparative Effectiveness Reviews, systematic reviews of existing research on the effectiveness, comparative effectiveness, and comparative harms of different medical tests, are intended to provide relevant evidence to inform real-world health care decisions for patients, providers, and policymakers. In an effort to improve the transparency, consistency, and scientific rigor of the work of the Effective Health Care (EHC) Program, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the Scientific Resource Center, and the Evidence-based Practice Centers (EPCs), have developed this Methods Guide for Medical Test Reviews (also referred to as the Medical Test Methods Guide). We intend it to serve as a resource for the EPCs as well as for other investigators interested in conducting systematic reviews on medical tests. We hope it will be a practical guide both for those who prepare the systematic reviews and those who use them in clinical practice, research development, and in making policy decisions.

Contents

Rockville, MD 20850, www​.ahrq.gov

Editorial Assistants: Rebecca Gray, D. Phil., Duke University; Marion M. Torchia, Ph.D., AHRQ

Prepared for: Center for Outcomes and Effectiveness, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services1.

Suggested citation:

Methods Guide for Medical Test Reviews. AHRQ Publication No. 12-EC017. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; June 2012. www.effectivehealthcare.ahrq.gov/reports/final.cfm. Also published as a special supplement to the Journal of General Internal Medicine, July 2012.

This document was written with support from the Effective Health Care Program at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Its findings and conclusions are those of the authors, who are responsible for its contents; the findings and conclusions do not necessarily represent the views of AHRQ. Therefore, no statement in this document should be construed as an official position of AHRQ or of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

None of the authors has any affiliations or financial involvements that conflict with the information presented in this chapter.

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Rockville, MD 20850, www​.ahrq.gov

Bookshelf ID: NBK98241PMID: 22834019
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