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Research Summaries for Consumers, Clinicians, and Policymakers

 

The Effective Health Care Program creates free research summaries about the benefits and risks of different treatments for different health conditions. The summaries are based on comparative effectiveness reviews that cover health topics suggested by the public. These research summaries are not clinical recommendations or guidelines and should not be interpreted as such.

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Research summaries for consumers, clinicians, and policymakers are available for the following health conditions:

 Breathing Conditions
Consumer Summaries Clinician Summaries Policymaker Summaries
Interventions To Improve Antibiotic Prescribing for Uncomplicated Acute Respiratory Tract Infections Apr. 6, 2016
 Cancer
Consumer Summaries Clinician Summaries Policymaker Summaries
Having a Breast Biopsy: A Review of the Research for Women and Their Families May 26, 2016
AHRQ Pub. No. 14(16)-EHC040-A-EF
Core-Needle Biopsy for Breast Abnormalities May 26, 2016
Treating Localized Prostate Cancer: A Review of the Research for Adults Jan. 21, 2016
AHRQ Pub. No. 15-EHC004-EF-A
Therapies for Clinically Localized Prostate Cancer Jan. 21, 2016
AHRQ Pub. No. 15(16)-EHC004-3-EF
Radiation Therapy for Head and Neck Cancer: A Summary for Adults and Their Caregivers (En Español) Sept. 2, 2015
AHRQ Pub. No. 15-EHC001-A-EF
Radiotherapy Treatments for Head and Neck Cancer Sept. 2, 2015
 Developmental Delays, ADHD, Autism
Consumer Summaries Clinician Summaries Policymaker Summaries
Therapies for Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder (En Español) Sept. 23, 2014
AHRQ Pub. No. 14-EHC036-A
Comparative Effectiveness of Therapies for Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder Sept. 23, 2014
 Diabetes
Consumer Summaries Clinician Summaries Policymaker Summaries
Behavioral Programs To Help Manage Type 1 Diabetes: A Review of the Research for Children, Teens, and Adults Nov. 29, 2016
AHRQ Pub. No. 16(17)-EHC005-A
Behavioral Programs To Help Manage Type 2 Diabetes: A Review of the Research for Adults Nov. 29, 2016
AHRQ Pub. No. 16(17)-EHC031-A
Behavioral Programs for Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus: Current State of the Evidence Nov. 29, 2016 Behavioral Programs for Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: Current State of the Evidence Nov. 29, 2016
 Digestive System Conditions
Consumer Summaries Clinician Summaries Policymaker Summaries
Treatments for Fecal Incontinence: A Review of the Research for Adults Jul. 5, 2016
AHRQ Pub. No. 15(16)-EHC037-A
Treatments for Fecal Incontinence: Current State of the Evidence Jul. 5, 2016
Diagnosis of Celiac Disease: Current State of the Evidence Jul. 26, 2016
 Functional Limitations and Physical Disabilities
Consumer Summaries Clinician Summaries Policymaker Summaries
Noninvasive Treatments for Low Back Pain Nov. 15, 2016
AHRQ Pub. No. 16(17)-EHC004-A
Noninvasive Treatments for Low Back Pain: Current State of the Evidence Nov. 15, 2016
Imaging Tests to Check for Kidney Stones in the Emergency Department: A Review of the Research for Adults Jul. 29, 2016
A Randomized Trial of Epidural Glucocorticoid Injections for Spinal Stenosis: A Brief Summary of Findings for Clinicians Jun. 29, 2016
Early Imaging for Back Pain and Clinical Outcomes in Older Adults: A Brief Summary of Findings and Key Points for Clinician-Patient Discussions May 13, 2016
 Heart and Blood Vessel Conditions
Consumer Summaries Clinician Summaries Policymaker Summaries
Treating Infantile Hemangiomas in Children Jun. 21, 2016
AHRQ Pub. No. 16-EHC002-A
Management of Infantile Hemangioma Jun. 21, 2016 Management of Infantile Hemangioma Jun. 21, 2016
Preventing Blood Clots After Hip or Knee Replacement Surgery or Surgery for a Broken Hip: A Review of the Research for Adults (En Español) Aug. 30, 2012
AHRQ Pub. No. 12-EHC020-A
Venous Thromboembolism Prophylaxis in Orthopedic Surgery Aug. 30, 2012
Transitional Care Interventions To Prevent Readmissions for People With Heart Failure Oct. 16, 2015 Transitional Care Interventions To Prevent Readmissions for People With Heart Failure Aug. 9, 2016
Utilization and Clinical Data on In-Hospital Off-Label Uses of Recombinant Factor VIIa Oct. 29, 2010
 Mental Health
Consumer Summaries Clinician Summaries Policymaker Summaries
Comparing Talk Therapy and Other Depression Treatments With Antidepressant Medicines Sept. 13, 2016
AHRQ Pub. No. 15(16)-EHC031-A
Nonpharmacological Versus Pharmacological Treatment for Patients With Major Depressive Disorder: Current State of the Evidence Sept. 13, 2016
Treating Disruptive Behavior Disorders in Children and Teens Aug. 31, 2016
AHRQ Pub. No. 15(16)-EHC019-A
Psychosocial and Pharmacologic Interventions for Disruptive Behavior Disorders in Children and Adolescents: Current State of the Evidence Aug. 31, 2016
Treating Binge-Eating Disorder: A Review of Evidence for Adults May 24, 2016
AHRQ Pub. No. 15(16)-EHC030-A
Management and Outcomes of Binge-Eating Disorder in Adults: Current State of the Evidence May 24, 2016
Medicines To Treat Alcohol Use Disorder: A Review of the Research for Adults Feb. 16, 2016
AHRQ Pub. No. 14(16)-EHC029-A
Pharmacotherapy for Adults With Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) in Outpatient Settings Feb. 16, 2016 Pharmacotherapy for Adults With Alcohol Use Disorder in Outpatient Settings Aug. 9, 2016
 Muscle, Bone, and Joint Conditions
Consumer Summaries Clinician Summaries Policymaker Summaries
Managing Pain From a Broken Hip: A Guide for Adults and Their Caregivers (En Español) May 17, 2011
AHRQ Pub. No. 11-EHC022-A
Pain Management Interventions for Elderly Patients With Hip Fracture May 17, 2011
 Pregnancy and Childbirth
Consumer Summaries Clinician Summaries Policymaker Summaries
Management of Postpartum Hemorrhage: Current State of the Evidence Jul. 12, 2016
 Renal Disease
Consumer Summaries Clinician Summaries Policymaker Summaries
Contrast-Induced Nephropathy (CIN): Current State of the Evidence on Contrast Media and Prevention of CIN Aug. 18, 2016