Implementing AHRQ Effective Health Care Reviews

This department provides concise summaries of the AHRQ’s comparative effectiveness reviews, produced by their Effective Health Care Program, including key evidence-based conclusions and practice pointers to put the evidence into clinical perspective.

Feb 1, 2018 Issue
Clostridium difficile Infection: Prevention and Treatment
How effective are interventions to prevent and treat Clostridium difficile infection?

Nov 15, 2017 Issue
Gout: Diagnosis and Management
What is the accuracy of clinical decision tools and imaging for the diagnosis of gout in the primary care setting, and how effective are medications used to treat and prevent gout?

Sep 1, 2017 Issue
Noninvasive Treatments for Low Back Pain
What are the benefits and harms of noninvasive treatments for acute, subacute, and chronic low back pain?

Jun 1, 2017 Issue
Comparative Accuracy of Diagnostic Tests for Celiac Disease
What is the best test for celiac disease in terms of sensitivity, specificity, and safety?

Mar 1, 2017 Issue
Management of Binge-Eating Disorder in Adults
What are the benefits and harms of treatments for adults with binge-eating disorder?

Dec 1, 2016 Issue
Interventions to Improve Antibiotic Prescribing for Uncomplicated Acute RTIs
What are the effectiveness and adverse consequences of strategies for reducing antibiotic use in adults and children with uncomplicated acute respiratory tract infections (RTIs)?

Jul 15, 2016 Issue
Pharmacotherapy for Adults with Alcohol Use Disorder
What are the potential benefits and adverse effects of medications used to treat alcohol use disorder (AUD) in adult outpatients?

Mar 1, 2016 Issue
Transitional Care Interventions to Prevent Readmissions for Patients with Heart Failure
Home visiting programs and multidisciplinary clinic interventions for adult patients with heart failure reduced all-cause readmissions and mortality over three to six months. Structured telephone support reduced heart failure–specific readmissions and mortality over three to six months. However, structured telephone support did not reduce all-cause readmissions over a similar period.

Oct 1, 2014 Issue
Effectiveness of Outpatient Case Management for Adults
Does outpatient case management for adults with medical illness and complex care needs improve patient-centered outcomes, quality of care, or resource utilization?

May 1, 2014 Issue
Acute Migraine Treatment in Emergency Settings
What are the comparative benefits and adverse effects of parenteral treatments for adults who present to the emergency department with migraine headaches?

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