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The Johns Hopkins Evidence-Based Practice Center

The Johns Hopkins University Evidence-based Practice Center


Who we are

The Johns Hopkins University Evidence-based Practice Center (JHU EPC) was established in 1997 as a charter member of the 9 EPCs currently supported by the Effective Healthcare Program (EHC) of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

What we do

The EPC produces comprehensive systematic reviews of important medical topics using interdisciplinary teams that integrate clinical expertise with expertise in evidence-based methods, including  meta-analysis, decision analysis, benefit-harms analysis, and cost-effectiveness analysis. The EPC also collaborates with other EPCs and AHRQ programs to advance the methodology of systematic reviews, their transparency, and their use in dissemination and translation of findings.

The Center is jointly supported by the Department of Health Policy and Management and the Department of Epidemiology of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and by the Division of General Internal Medicine of the Department of Medicine of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. The EPC is affiliated with the Center for Health Services and Outcomes Research and with the Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology, and Clinical Research, a collaborative effort of the School of Medicine and the Bloomberg School of Public Health.

The EPC draws on a wide variety of clinical and methodologic experts from the more than 100 departments, institutes, and centers of the School of Medicine and the more than 60 in the School of Public Health. Given the comprehensive expertise of the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions in research, clinical practice, and education, the EPC is able to bring together collaborative interdisciplinary teams with in-depth clinical and methodologic expertise to tackle challenging issues in all areas of clinical medicine, public health, and healthcare policy.