The Effective Health Care (EHC) program has issued three reports on various health care topics. You can read the EHC reports below.
Resource Allocation and Pandemic Response: An Evidence Synthesis To Inform Decision Making
(Rapid Review Product, released on October 5, 2020)
The health care field is struggling with urgent questions about how to respond to the current COVID-19 pandemic. Health systems, clinicians, policymakers, and the general public want evidence to inform critical decisions. In this period of clinical uncertainty, the Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC) Program has rapidly summarized the current available evidence in response to urgent questions about promising options to control the COVID-19 pandemic. The EPC Program identified a 2012 evidence report that could help the health care field care for patients during this global pandemic. Because this review, "Allocation of Scarce Resources in a Mass Casualty Event," was developed before the COVID-19 pandemic, the EPC Program has commissioned a targeted update as a rapid evidence product.
No-Touch Modalities for Disinfecting Patient Rooms in Acute Care Settings: A Rapid Review
(Rapid Review Product, released on October 2, 2020)
The purpose of the review is to rapidly identify evidence assessing the effect of no-touch modalities for disinfecting acute care hospital rooms on contamination and infection rates.
Opportunity to Comment on Draft Key Questions
EHC encourages the public to participate in the development of its research projects. Comments can be submitted for:
Diagnostic Errors in the Emergency Department
(Available for comment until October 23, 2020)
The goal of this review is to determine the following: 1) what are the most frequent signs and symptoms and clinical conditions that are associated with diagnostic errors in the ED and urgent care settings?; 2) for specific clinical conditions, what are the factors associated with diagnostic errors in the ED and urgent care settings?; 3) are there commonalities across clinical conditions associated with diagnostic errors in the ED and urgent care settings?