Table 1. Procedures for Developing a Recommendation Statementa
|Topic selection||Topic Prioritization Workgroup, a subset of Task Force members and AHRQ and EPC staff||The Workgroup meets periodically throughout the year|
|Work plan development||The EPC writes work plans with guidance from a topic team consisting of 3 or 4 USPSTF members and a medical officer from AHRQ||From start to finish, these activities take 3-6 months|
|External work plan peer review||Work plans are reviewed by experts in the field|
|Approval of peer-reviewed work planc||All members of the USPSTF|
|Draft evidence report||Evidence reports are written by the EPC or by medical officers at AHRQ, depending on the topic||Typically completed within 6-24 months, depending on the scope of the topic|
|Peer review of draft evidence report by experts and partners||All draft evidence reports are sent to a limited number of experts in the field and 6 federal partnersd for review, and Task Force leaders are asked to comment on the draft evidence report|
|Draft recommendation statement||Task Force members draft the recommendation statement with the AHRQ medical officer||Completed within 2-4 weeks|
|USPSTF review of evidence and vote on draft recommendation statement||All members of the USPSTF|
|Final evidence report||The EPC or AHRQ medical officer incorporates reviewer comments and finalizes the evidence report||Submitted to AHRQ within 3-6 months after the USPSTF vote|
|Peer review of draft recommendation statement by partners||22 partners of the USPSTF||Partners typically have 2-3 weeks to review the draft recommendation statement|
|Approval of final recommendation statement||Task Force members||Task Force members typically approve the recommendation statement as final within 1-2 months|
|Release of recommendation statement and evidence report||AHRQ staff||The time from vote to release (publication in journal and posting on Web site) of the recommendation varies|
- a AHRQ = Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; EPC = Evidence-based Practice Center; USPSTF = U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.
- b Listed in order starting with the initial step.
- c This step usually occurs at a Task Force meeting, although in the case of topic updates, work plan peer review and Task Force approval are exceptional rather than usual.
- rd The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Indian Health Service, National Institutes of Health, and Veterans Administration.
Current as of: June 2007