Technology Assessment

  • AHRQ’s Technology Assessment Program uses state-of-the-art methodologies for assessing the clinical utility of medical interventions. Technology assessments are based on a systematic review of the literature, along with appropriate qualitative and quantitative methods of synthesizing data from multiple studies.
  • Cochrane Collaboration. This international organization has evolved in response to the need for systematic reviews.
    • It exists with the aim of preparing, maintaining and promoting the accessibility of systematic reviews of the effects of health care interventions.
    • Most importantly, the Cochrane Collaboration is a network of people – individuals, not institutions. Its success or failure depends on these individuals. Most are working voluntarily on this project in a spirit of collaboration.
    • It’s also important to note that the Cochrane Collaboration has limited its remit to reviews of the effects of health care interventions and the accuracy of diagnostic tests, so it is not attempting to address questions about the causes or the natural history of disease.
  • Cochrane Collaboration open learning material for reviewersThe materials presented here are intended only as an introduction to some of the key concepts and methodology for conducting Cochrane systematic reviews of interventions.

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