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Viswanathan M, Hartmann K, Palmieri R, et al. The Use of Episiotomy in Obstetrical Care: A Systematic Review. Rockville (MD): Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (US); 2005 May. (Evidence Reports/Technology Assessments, No. 112.)

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Appendix D Acknowledgments

This study was supported by Contract 290-02-0016 from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Task No. 4. We acknowledge the continuing support of Kenneth Fink, MD, MGA, MPH, Director of the AHRQ Evidence-Based Practice Center (EPC) Program, and Marian James, PhD, the AHRQ Task Order Officer for this project.

The investigators deeply appreciate the considerable support, commitment, and contributions of the EPC team staff at RTI International and the University of North Carolina (UNC). From UNC, we thank EPC Co-Director, Timothy S. Carey, MD, MPH; EPC Literature Search Specialist, B. Lynn Whitener, PhD and Leah Randolph, M.A. and Laura Morgan, M.A Research Assistants. We also express our gratitude to Loraine Monroe, EPC word processing specialist, and Debra Bost, editor at RTI International.

Technical Expert Advisory Group

We also extend our appreciation to the members of our Technical Expert Advisory Group (TEAG), who provided advice and input during our research process. The RTI-UNC EPC team solicited the views of TEAG members from the beginning of the project. TEAG members also provided insights into and reactions to work in progress and advice on substantive issues or possibly overlooked areas of research. TEAG members participated in refining the analytic framework and key questions and discussing the preliminary assessment of the literature, including inclusion/exclusion criteria, and also provided input on the information and categories, including evidence tables. The TEAG was both a substantive resource and a “sounding board” throughout the study. It was also the body from which expertise was formally sought at several junctions. TEAG members are listed below:

Leah Albers, CNM, DrPH John O.L. DeLancey, MD Professor Division of Gynecology
Professor, College of Nursing andDepartment of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Dept. OB-GYN, School of Medicine University of New Mexico Health Sciences CenterUniversity of Michigan
Jose Belizan, MD, PhD William Droegemueller, MD
Director Latin American Center for Perinatology and Human Development Pan American Health Organization, World Health OrganizationDirector of Evaluation,
American Board of OB/GYN
David A. Grimes, MD
Vice President Biomedical Affairs, Family Health International
Linda Brubaker, MD Dwight J. Rouse, M.D., M.S.P.H. Professor
Professor of Obstetrics/Gynecology and UrologyObstetrics and Gynecology
Loyola UniversitySchool of Medicine
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Pierre Buekens, MD, PhD, MPH
Dean, School of Public Health
Tulane University

Peer Reviewers

We gratefully acknowledge the following individuals who reviewed the initial draft of this report and provided us with constructive feedback. External reviewers comprised clinicians, researchers, representatives of professional societies, and potential users of the report. We would also like to extend our appreciation to David Atkins, MD, and Susan Meikle, MD MSPH from AHRQ for contributing peer review comments. Our peer review panel also includes all members of the TEAG. Peer review was a separate duty for these individuals and not part of their commitment as TEAG members. All are active professionals in the field. The peer reviewers were asked to provide comments on the content, structure, and format of the evidence report and to complete a checklist. The peer reviewers’ comments and suggestions formed the basis of our revisions to the evidence report. Acknowledgments are made with the explicit statement that this does not constitute endorsement of the report.

William Hueston, MD Robin Bell, MB BS PhD MPH FAFPHM Cert Health Econ
Chair, Department of Family Medicine; ProfessorDeputy Director of Research
Medical University of South CarolinaJean Hailes Foundation
Clayton Victoria, Australia
Michael Klein, MD, CCFP, FAAP, FCFP, ABFP UBC Leslie Cragin, CNM,PhD
BC Children's HospitalAssociate Clinical Professor
Emeritus Professor of Family Practice and PediatricsUCSF Dept. Ob/Gyn at SFGH
BC, Canada
Anne M. Weber, MD, MS Linda Herrick, RNC, BSN, CCE, CD
Director, Female Pelvic Med & Reconstructive Surgery Department of Ob/Gyn University of PittsburghDirector
Magee-Womens HospitalAcademy of Certified Birth Educators and Labor Support Professionals
2001 East Prairie Circle
Suite I
Patricia McLaughlin, RNC, MPA, MSN
Manager, Professional Development and Clinical Programs
Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses
2000 L Street, N.W.
Suite 740
Washington, DC 20036


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