University of Alberta Evidence-based Practice Center

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The University of Alberta Evidence-based Practice Center (UAEPC) is one of 11 Evidence-based Practice Centers (EPC) in North America and the only EPC outside the United States. The EPC Program is funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

The UAEPC conducts systematic reviews, comparative effectiveness reviews, and technology assessments on topics assigned by AHRQ and of importance to government agencies, professional organizations, clinicians, consumer groups, and others concerned with health care. Topics cover a wide range of therapeutic and diagnostic technologies in the areas of pediatrics, endocrinology, emergency medicine, cardiology, rheumatology, asthma, cancer, diabetes, and complementary or alternative medicine. Through the EPC Program, we also produce technical reports that examine methodological issues in evidence synthesis.

To conduct the reviews for the EPC Program, we establish topic-specific teams with expertise in clinical medicine, epidemiology, biostatistics, information science, and evidence synthesis methodology from the University of Alberta and other academic centres in Canada. Clinical experts are drawn from the faculties of Medicine and Dentistry, Nursing, Rehabilitation Medicine, Arts, and the School of Public Health.

The UAEPC has a rich tradition in developing collaborative, interdisciplinary teams with in-depth clinical and methodological expertise to tackle challenging issues in many clinical areas.