There is an ever growing body of knowledge about making better informed and safer health decisions by relying on evidence-based practice (also called evidence-based medicine). The Health Technology Assessment Program has reached out to many sources to inform the program and provides external links to help you access other health technology assessment websites not maintained by the Health Care Authority *.
United States Department of Health and Human Services Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Evidence Based Practice Centers (EPC)
EPC Program of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality awards 5-year contracts to institutions in the United States and Canada to serve as EPCs. The EPCs review all relevant scientific literature on clinical, behavioral, and organization and financing topics to produce evidence reports and technology assessments. These reports are used for informing and developing coverage decisions, quality measures, educational materials and tools, guidelines, and research agendas. The EPCs also conduct research on methodology of systematic reviews.
United States National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, Health Services Technology/Assessment Texts (HSTAT)
HSTAT is a free, Web-based resource of full-text documents that provide health information and support health care decision making. HSTAT's audience includes health care providers, health service researchers, policy makers, payers, consumers and the information professionals who serve these groups.
Many organizations throughout the world assess healthcare technology. There is an evident need to cooperate and share information from different cultures. INAHTA serves this purpose.
NICHSR is a searchable database of information regarding improving the collection, storage, analysis, retrieval and dissemination of health services research. NICHSR places special emphasis on the growing magnitude of evidence-based reports and technology assessments to help provide organizations with science-based information on common, costly medical conditions and new health care technologies.
The Cochrane Collaboration is an independent organization making up-to-date accurate information about the effects of healthcare readily available worldwide. The Cochrane Collaboration produces and disseminates systematic reviews of healthcare interventions and promotes the search for more evidence-based reports in the form of clinical trials and other studies of intervention.
NICE is an independent organization responsible for providing national guidance on promoting good health by presenting direction on public health, health technologies and clinical practice. NICE makes recommendations on the use of new and existing medicines and treatments, and evaluates the safety and efficacy of such procedures where they are used for diagnosis or treatment.
NGC promotes widespread access to evidence-based clinical practice guidelines through its comprehensive database. NGC provides an accessible mechanism for obtaining objective, detailed information on clinical practice guidelines and supports research designed to improve the quality of health care, reduce its cost, and increase the scientific knowledge needed to enhance patient and clinical decision-making.
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