The National Working Group on Evidence Based Healthcare represents consumers, caregivers, practitioners and researchers committed to promoting accurate and appropriate evidence-based policies and practices that improve the quality of healthcare services in the United States. We are dedicated to healthcare that relies on the most up-to-date research, clinician expertise, and consumer values. Through education and advocacy, the working group seeks to:
It is important for consumers to know the following core values of EBH:
In January 2006, Mental Health America (MHA) convened the National Working Group on Evidence-based Health Care (The Working Group) to help ensure greater patient-focused, consumer knowledge, and involvement in national and state-focused initiatives seeking to promote a better quality of care. A core activity of many of these initiatives is the review, interpretation, and dissemination of information about scientific research. Currently, this information is also being used by consumers, providers, and policymakers to make decisions about health care delivery and coverage. Although not an exhaustive list, examples include activities of the Oregon Center for Evidence-based Policy, the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS), the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (AHRQ), the Institute of Medicine (IOM), and Consumers Union. For more information on these and other activities, please visit our “Major Initiatives”page.
MHA sought the formation of The Working Group to address challenges and raise concerns associated with evidence-based health care initiatives. These issues include the:
The Working Group is a centralized information resource and forum for consumers, voluntary health organizations, providers, researchers and other interested stakeholders to:
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For more information and to get involved, please visit www.evidencebasedhealthcare.org.