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In December, Mayo Clinic’s Evidence-Based Practice Research Program received a highly-competitive designation by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), naming Mayo Clinic one of only 13 Evidence-based Practice Centers (EPCs) in North America.
The EPC program was launched in the 1990’s as an initiative of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. New or renewed selection as an EPC occurs every five years, and EPCs are charged with reviewing existing research and providing a summary of scientific evidence on designated topics. The goal of the program is to improve the effectiveness, appropriateness and overall quality of health care. EPCs seek to synthesize the available evidence and facilitate translation of evidence-based research findings.
Mayo Clinic’s Evidence-Based Practice Program intersects with both the Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery and Mayo Clinic’s Knowledge and Evaluation Research Unit.