CESH's Kristin Danko and consultant Megan Hall taught a Two-day course on Rapid Reviews for the CDC's Policy Research, Analysis and Development Office (PRADO) on September 12-13, 2019. This session helped attendees understand the general methods of a traditional systematic review and then described the pros and cons of modifying these methods to speed up the process when time is limited. They were hosted by Jim Kucik and Rich Puddy of the CDC.
CESH develops an online interactive tool that allows users to obtain descriptive and analytic results for a systematic review comparing at least three treatments in various populations. In a limited evaluation, stakeholders were satisfied with the functionality of the tool and found it easy to use.
Issa Dahabreh, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Services, Policy and Practice and founding member of the Center for Evidence Synthesis in Health (CESH) won the Society for Research Synthesis Methodology (SRSM) Early Career Development Award. SRSM is a cross disciplinary society that supports and promotes the development and use of innovative and robust methods of research synthesis.
CESH recently launched an updated version of the Systematic Review Data Repository. This new version, called SRDR+ (https://srdrplus.ahrq.gov), is a free, powerful, online, collaborative system for extracting and archiving study data during systematic reviews. To our knowledge, this is the only system of its kind that is free to anybody around the world. We therefore consider SRDR+ to be a community resource.
On Wednesday, February 6, Governor Gina M. Raimondo signed an executive order establishing an official target for health care spending growth in Rhode Island: 3.2% annual growth through 2022. The 3.2% growth target came out of work that Brown University's School of Public Health began last summer after receiving a $550,000 grant from the Peterson Center on Healthcare. CESH's Anya Rader Wallack, PhD is a member of the team providing cost analysis to the state.
K12 Scholar Jonah Popp is the co-author of a new article in Medical Decision Making Policy and Practice (MDMP&P). The article, entitled ""Yield and Cost-effectiveness of Computed Tomography Colonography Versus Colonoscopy for Post Colorectal Cancer Surveillance" compares the utility of computed tomographic colonography (CTC) with optical colonoscopy (OC) in 231 patients one year after colon surgery.
SRSM is a cross disciplinary society that supports innovative and robust research synthesis methods. The society has a limit of 85 active members to allow for vigorous participation and interaction at their meetings. Vacancies are filled by an annual nomination and election process. SRSM added only seven new members this year.
CESH K12 Scholar, Jonah Popp, PhD is a co-author on recently published article: "Yield and Cost-effectiveness of Computed Tomography Colonography Versus Colonoscopy for Post Colorectal Cancer Surveillance."