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Capitol Health Call
August 11, 2015

Funding in Peril for Evidence-Based Health Care Research

JAMA. 2015;314(6):549. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.9352

The US House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations has approved a 2016 draft budget for Labor, Health and Human Services that, if passed by the full House and Senate, would eliminate funding for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) on October 1 of this year (http://1.usa.gov/1CrVgtn). The mission of the AHRQ is “…to produce evidence to make health care safer, higher quality, more accessible, equitable, and affordable, and to work within the US Department of Health and Human Services and with other partners to make sure that the evidence is understood and used” (http://1.usa.gov/1HZd7s9).