The following HTML text is provided to enhance online
readability. Many aspects of typography translate only awkwardly to HTML.
Please use the page image
as the authoritative form to ensure accuracy.
Care, costs, and outcomes of local breast cancer
Care, costs, and outcomes of breast cancer: elderly African Americans
Experiences of low-income women with breast cancer
PORT-II for prostatic diseases
Enhanced accuracy of MI for staging prostate cancer
Comparison of treatment efficacy for prostate cancer
Treatment choices and outcomes in prostate cancer
Assessing therapies for BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia) and localized prostate cancer
Patterns of care and outcomes for colon cancer
Computerized decision support for posttransplant care
Quality outcomes in subacute and home care programs
Practice variations in pain control at the end of life
Using cancer registries to assess quality of cancer care
Internet multimedia cancer patient education system
Risk adjustment methods for hysterectomy complications
SOURCE: Wendy Perry, AHCPR, personal communication to Maria Hewitt, December 1998.
Evidence-Based Practice Program. The Evidence-Based Practice Program supports literature syntheses on clinical effectiveness, a resource for developing clinical practice guidelines or performance measures. Two cancer-related topics were among the first 12 topics assigned to the evidence-based practice centers: testosterone suppression treatment for advanced prostate cancer and evaluation of cervical cytology. In addition, two assessments will be completed in 1999: (1) an assessment of the management of cancer pain and (2) an analysis of the use of erythropoietin in hematology and oncology.
CONQUEST. CONQUEST (Computerized Needs-Oriented QUality Measurement Evaluation System) is a database of clinical performance measures, a resource for quality monitoring activities. Included are measures related to the management of several cancers (i.e., colorectal, lung, prostate, breast), the use of screening tests (i.e., mammography, Pap smear), and cigarette use.
Patient Outcomes Research Teams (PORTs). PORTs conduct research and disseminate findings related to common disorders. Two of the 14 conditions funded to date relate to cancer, prostate disease, and local breast cancer.
Clinical Trials. AHCPR's budget is insufficient to permit sole funding of major randomized clinical trials, although it has on a few occasions collaborated with other agencies (e.g., the Department