Author: Katie Moran
Check out The Prism Volume 2 Issue 2 detailing how Spectrum is already making a splash in 2015! New projects, new collaborations and new faces, it's been a busy year and we look foreward to what's next here at Spectrum Research.
Author: Thea Swanson
Here at Spectrum Research we welcome the new year with the release of our next newsletter. The Prism should bring you up-to-date with our activities as well as give you a peak into our personal lives.
Author: Thea Swanson
Our second issue of The Prism has arrived. It's been a great year so far for the entire Spectrum staff. Please take a moment to read what we are up to.
Author: Thea Swanson
Excerpt: Welcome to the very first issue of The Prism. Twice a year, Spectrum Research, Inc. will share highlights - both professional and personal - with the many people we interact with locally and globally. Seeing that Spectrum's mission is to "assist health-care professionals and organizations to synthesize and generate evidence for the purpose of improving future health-care delivery (whew!)." we thought it appropriate to break away from research every few months, to reflect, and to share on a variety of issues, sometimes of a lighter nature than synthesized evidence.
We hope you enjoy!
Author: Andrea C. Skelly
The centers review scientific literature to guide our health-care system to improve care
Tacoma, WA. - The federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, an Agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, awarded OHSU another five-year contract to serve as one of the nation's 11 Evidence-based Practice Centers (EPCs). The new contract will come with a new name for the center, as OHSU has new partners. The new Pacific Northwest Evidence-based Practice Center at OHSU will include Spectrum Research, Inc. of Tacoma, Washington and the University of Washington as partners.
EPCs review and synthesize scientific literature to support evidence-based decision- making by clinicians and consumers and improve health care in the United States.
“This partnership brings together the two pre-eminent academic institutions in the Pacific Northwest with a highly respected technology assessment group and represents our evolution into a truly regional center, the Pacific Northwest EPC."
Spectrum Research has been performing evidence-based assessments for the Washington State Health Technology Assessment Program since 2007. These reports synthesize and present evidence on the effectiveness and safety of treatments and diagnostic procedures and are used as the basis for benefit coverage decisions impacting state agencies. Participation in the new EPC makes use of Spectrum’s expertise in this area.
“Clinicians, consumers, health-care systems, health-care purchasers and policy makers increasingly want to know "what works" and want a transparent and understandable process. The work of the EPCs is essential to addressing this and enhancing the effectiveness and quality of health care,” said Andrea C. Skelly, Ph.D., Director of the Evidence- based Practice Division at Spectrum. “We are enthusiastic about the partnership in the Pacific Northwest EPC and contributing to this important work.”
Spectrum Research’s core scientific team has reported on a broad range of topics including knee replacement, microprocessor-controlled prosthetic limbs, stent use in coronary artery disease and treatment of low back pain.
The nation's EPCs are designated and overseen by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, an Agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The 10 other EPCs named this month are:
- BlueCross BlueShield Association, Chicago, IL
- Brown University, Providence, RI
- ECRI Institute, Plymouth Meeting, PA
- The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
- Kaiser Foundation Research Institute, Oakland, CA
- University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
- RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, CA
- RTI International, Research Triangle Park, NC
- Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN
- University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
About Spectrum Research
Spectrum Research is a veteran-owned, international, full-service research consulting organization. Spectrum has been writing evidence-based reports and educational materials since 2000 for clients across the globe. Their reports provide independent assessments of current evidence/research and have been used for policy formulation, creation of clinical recommendations and consideration of future research needs as well as design and execution of clinical research.