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AHRQ Evidence Reports

Evidence-Based Practice Program

Evidence Reports

Evidence-Based Practice Center (EPC) reports are used for informing and developing coverage decisions, quality measures, educational materials and tools, guidelines, and research agendas. For more information on EPCs, including a list of archived reports, visit the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Web site External Web Site Policy

224. Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Maternal and Child Health External Web Site Policy

223. Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Cardiovascular Disease: An Updated Systematic Review External Web Site Policy

222. Data Linkage Strategies to Advance Youth Suicide Prevention External Web Site Policy

221. Behavioral Programs for Diabetes Mellitus External Web Site Policy

220. Health Information Exchange External Web Site Policy

219. Diagnosis and Treatment of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome External Web Site Policy

218. The Effectiveness and Risks of Long-Term Opioid Treatment of Chronic Pain External Web Site Policy

217. Vitamin D and Calcium: A Systematic Review of Health Outcomes External Web Site Policy

216. Antidepressant Treatment of Depression During Pregnancy and the Postpartum Period External Web Site Policy

215. Safety of Vaccines Used for Routine Immunization in the United States External Web Site Policy

214. Smoking Cessation Interventions in Pregnancy and Postpartum Care External Web Site Policy

213. Communication and Dissemination Strategies To Facilitate the Use of Health-Related Evidence External Web Site Policy

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Evidence Technical Reviews

17. Nutritional Research Series External Web Site Policy

9. Closing the Quality Gap:

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Technology Assessment Reports

The technology assessment program at AHRQ provides technology assessments for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). These technology assessments are used by CMS to inform its national coverage decisions for the Medicare program as well as provide information to Medicare carriers. For a list of archived reports from 1990-2010, see the AHRQ Web site External Web Site Policy.







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Effective Health Care Program

Research Reviews and Research Summaries

There are three types of research reviews: (1) Comparative effectiveness reviews outline the effectiveness — or benefits and harms — of treatment options, (2) Technical briefs explain what is known — and what is not known — about new or emerging health care tests or treatments. Final reports are listed below by health condition, and (3) Future research needs papers are intended to be used by researchers and funders of research to help improve the body of comparative effectiveness evidence that would be useful for decision-makers. For a list of archived research reviews, see the Effective Health Care Program Web site External Web Site Policy.

Below the research reviews, where applicable, are short, plain-language guides – tailored to clinicians, consumers, or policymakers – which summarize the research review's findings on the benefits and harms of different treatment options. Consumer summaries provide useful background on health conditions. Clinician summaries and policymaker summaries rate the strength of evidence behind a report's conclusions. The summaries on medications also contain basic wholesale price information.

Brain and Nerve Conditions

Breathing Conditions


Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Dermatologic Conditions

Developmental Delays, ADHD, Autism



Digestive System Conditions

Functional Limitations and Physical Disabilities

Genitourinary Conditions


Heart and Blood Vessel Conditions

Infectious Diseases and HIV/AIDS


Mental Health

Muscle, Bone, and Joint Conditions

Nonclinical Topics



Pregnancy and Childbirth

Renal Disease

Sleep Disorders

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Page Last Reviewed or Updated: April 03, 2017