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Timbie JW, Ringel JS, Fox DS, et al. Allocation of Scarce Resources During Mass Casualty Events. Rockville (MD): Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (US); 2012 Jun. (Evidence Reports/Technology Assessments, No. 207.)

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Preface

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), through its Evidence-based Practice Centers (EPCs), sponsors the development of evidence reports and technology assessments to assist public- and private-sector organizations in their efforts to improve the quality of health care in the United States. The reports and assessments provide organizations with comprehensive, science-based information on common, costly medical conditions and new health care technologies and strategies.

The EPCs systematically review the relevant scientific literature on topics assigned to them by AHRQ and conduct additional analyses when appropriate prior to developing their reports and assessments. To bring the broadest range of experts into the development of evidence reports and health technology assessments, AHRQ encourages the EPCs to form partnerships and enter into collaborations with other medical and research organizations. The EPCs work with these partner organizations to ensure that the evidence reports and technology assessments they produce will become building blocks for health care quality improvement projects throughout the nation. The reports undergo peer review and public comment prior to their release as a final report.

AHRQ expects that EPC evidence reports and technology assessments will inform individual health plans, providers, and purchasers, as well as the health care system as a whole, by providing important information to help improve health care quality.

We welcome comments on this evidence report. Comments may be sent by mail to the Task Order Officer named in this report to: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 540 Gaither Road, Rockville, MD 20850, or by email to vog.shh.qrha@cpe.

Carolyn M. Clancy, M.D.

Director

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Stephanie Chang, M.D., M.P.H.

Director

Evidence-based Practice Program

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Jean Slutsky, P.A., M.S.P.H.

Director, Center for Outcomes and Evidence

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Richard Ricciardi, Ph.D., N.P., FAANP

Task Order Officer

Center for Primary Care, Prevention and Clinical Partnerships

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

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