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 and education. 

Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Faculty of Health Sciences
McMaster University
Last modified: February 2, 1999