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2 Million Fund for Research Projects on Evidence-Based Tools and Information – US Agency for Health Care Policy and Research

2 Million Fund for Research Projects on Evidence-Based Tools and Information – US Agency for Health Care Policy and Research – Government Activity

The U.S. Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR) is seeking proposals for studies aimed at implementing research findings and evidence-based tools and information in everyday clinical practice. Evidence-based tools and information include clinical practice guidelines, algorithms, treatment protocols, practice parameters, quality indicators and continuous quality improvement initiatives developed using a systemic approach to evaluation and synthesis of evidence.

AHCPR, which received a $25 million increase in its budget for research on quality, outcomes, and the cost, use and access to health services, expects to award up to $2 million in fiscal year 1999 to fund the first year of projects resulting from this Request for Applications (RFA).

Among the questions AHCPR wants answered are which strategies, or combination of strategies can be generalized to a range of clinicians, health care systems, and geographic areas; how the structure of health care organizations affects implementation of evidence-based tools and information; how implementation of evidence-based tools and information affects health outcomes, costs and quality of life; and what is the comparative cost-effectiveness of various strategies for implementing evidence-based tools and information.

For a detailed description of the RFA, visit www.nih.gov/ grants.

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