McMASTER UNIVERSITY EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE CENTER(EPC)
Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR)
The Department is home to the McMaster Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC),
designated by the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR). The
McMaster EPC has the capacity to produce scientific reviews of existing
knowledge in topics of great importance to government, private organizations,
consumer groups, and others concerned with health care.
McMaster University is the only non-US site to be designated by AHCPR.
This designation, lasting 5 years and effective in 1997, acknowledges the
leadership role taken by faculty in the Department of Clinical Epidemiology
and Biostatistics in the development of the principles of evidence-based
health care and the methodological under pinnings of health services research.
The McMaster EPC is managed by the Department of Clinical Epidemiology
and Biostatistics under the directorship of Alex Jadad with George Browman
acting as Co-Director. Local partners include the Department of Clinical
Epidemiology and Biostatistics; Health Information Research Unit; the Canadian
Cochrane Centre; and the Centre for Evaluation of Medicines. Contracts
in the area of musculoskeletal disorders are allocated on a subcontracting
basis to the Cochrane Musculoskeletal Group under the leadership of Peter
Tugwell and Claire Bombardier. Peer review on all AHCPR contracts are managed
and coordinated on a subcontract basis by the San Francisco Cochrane Centre
under the leadership of Lisa Bero and Drummond Rennie. Anne Snider is coordinator
of the EPC and Manager of the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics.
The McMaster EPC manages AHCPR task order contracts. In addition the
Center manages contracts from other public and private sector organizations.
It promotes research that supports the development, dissemination, and
application of evidence to clinical practice and policy. The Centre also
supports student involvement and training as well as other activities to
provide a better understanding of the role of evidence in health care decision-making.
Members of the Department are continuously contributing to evidence-based
health care through standard monographs and textbooks in the fields of
clinical epidemiology and evidence-based medicine; technology assessment;
economic evaluation; and health related quality of life. Members of CE&B
have also contributed to monographs produced by the Cochrane Collaboration;
and evidence-based informatics. Other major strengths include economic
evaluation, systematic reviews including meta-analysis; clinical practice
guidelines; health care systems research, and consumer-centred research
of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Faculty of Health
Last modified: February 2, 1999