Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), HHS.
Request for Scientific Information Submissions.
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is seeking scientific information submissions from manufacturers of pressure ulcer treatment medical devices, such as (but not limited to): Ultrasonic wound care systems, negative pressure therapy units, turning & positioning systems, special mattresses, mattress covers, pillows, cushions, etc. Scientific information is being solicited to inform our Pressure Ulcer Treatment Strategies: A Comparative Effectiveness Review, which is currently being conducted by the Evidence-based Practice Centers for the AHRQ Effective Health Care Program. Access to published and unpublished pertinent scientific information on these devices will improve the quality of this comparative effectiveness review. AHRQ is requesting this scientific information and conducting this comparative effectiveness review pursuant to Section 1013 of the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003, Public Law 108-173.
Submission Deadline on or before January 3, 2012.
Online submissions: http://effectivehealthcare.AHRQ.gov/index.cfm/submitscientific-information-packets/. Please select the study for which you are submitting information from the list of current studies and complete the form to upload your documents. Email submissions: email@example.com (please do not send zipped files—they are automatically deleted for security reasons).
Print submissions: Robin Paynter, Oregon Health and Science University, Oregon Evidence-based Practice Center, 3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Road, Mail Code: BICC, Portland, OR 97239-3098.
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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Robin Paynter, Research Librarian, Telephone: (503) 494-0147 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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In accordance with Section 1013 of the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003, Public Law 108-173, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has commissioned the Effective Health Care (EHC) Program Evidence-based Practice Centers to complete a comparative effectiveness review of the evidence for pressure ulcer treatment strategies.
The EHC Program is dedicated to identifying as many studies as possible that are relevant to the questions for each of its reviews. In order to do so, we are supplementing the usual manual and electronic database searches of the literature by systematically requesting information (e.g., details of studies conducted) from medical device industry stakeholders through public information requests, including via the Federal Register and direct postal and/or online solicitations. We are looking for studies that report on pressure ulcer treatment strategies, including those that describe adverse events, as specified in the key questions detailed below. The entire research protocol, including the key questions, is also available online at: http://effectivehealthcare.AHRQ.gov/index.cfm/search-for-guides-reviews-and-reports/?pageaction=displayproduct&productid=838#3870.
This notice is a request for industry stakeholders to submit the following:
- A current product label, if applicable (preferably an electronic PDF file).
- Information identifying published randomized controlled trials and observational studies relevant to the clinical outcomes. Please provide both a list of citations and reprints if possible.
- Information identifying unpublished randomized controlled trials and observational studies relevant to the clinical outcomes. If possible, please provide a summary that includes the following elements: Study number, study period, design, methodology, indication and diagnosis, proper use instructions, inclusion and exclusion criteria, primary and secondary outcomes, baseline characteristics, number of patients screened/eligible/enrolled/lost to withdrawn/follow-up/analyzed, and effectiveness/efficacy and safety results.
- Registered ClinicalTrials.gov studies. Please provide a list including the ClinicalTrials.gov identifier, condition, and intervention.
Your contribution is very beneficial to this program. AHRQ is not requesting and will not consider marketing material, health economics information, or information on other indications. This is a voluntary request for information, and all costs for complying with this request must be borne by the submitter. In addition to your scientific information please submit an index document outlining the relevant information in each file along with a statement regarding whether or not the submission comprises all of the complete information available.
The contents of all submissions, regardless of format, will be available to the public upon request unless prohibited by law.
The draft of this review will be posted on AHRQ's EHC program Web site and available for public comment for a period of 4 weeks. If you would like to be notified when the draft is posted, please sign up for the email list at: http://effectivehealthcare.AHRQ.gov/index.cfm/join-the-email-list1/.
The Key Questions
A preliminary set of KQs was posted on the Effective Health Care Program Web site of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), and public comments were collected and evaluated.
A Summary of the Public Comments
Most of the public comments addressed specific patient or treatment characteristics and settings. Commenters suggested that the review Start Printed Page 74790should address combinations of treatments, co-morbid conditions, and ulcer characteristics that require an individualized approach to treatment. These comments led us to expand the potential range of treatments evaluated in the review. Because treatment goals for patients in hospice care differ widely from patients with pressure ulcers in other settings (wound healing may not be a goal of hospice care), we excluded hospice from the list of care settings to be reviewed. The final set of KQs is as follows:
Final Key Questions
In adults with pressure ulcers, what is the comparative effectiveness of treatment strategies for improved health outcomes including but not limited to: Complete wound healing, healing time, reduced wound surface area, pain, and prevention of serious complications of infection?
Does the comparative effectiveness of treatment strategies differ according to features of the pressure ulcers, such as anatomic site or severity at baseline?
Does the comparative effectiveness of treatment strategies differ according to patient characteristics, including but not limited to: Age; race/ethnicity; body weight; specific medical co-morbidities; and known risk factors for pressure ulcers, such as functional ability, nutritional status, or incontinence?
Does the comparative effectiveness of treatment strategies differ according to patient care settings such as home, nursing facility, or hospital, or according to features of patient care settings, including but not limited to nurse/patient staffing ratio, staff education and training in wound care, the use of wound care teams, and home caregiver support and training?
What are the harms of treatments for pressure ulcers?
Do the harms of treatment strategies differ according to features of the pressure ulcers, such as anatomic site or severity at baseline?
Do the harms of treatment strategies differ according to patient characteristics, including: Age, race/ethnicity; body weight; specific medical co-morbidities; and knows risk factors for pressure ulcers, such as functional ability, nutritional status, or incontinence?
Do the harms of treatment strategies differ according to patient care settings such as home, nursing facility, or hospital, or according to features of patient care settings, including but not limited to nurse/patient staffing ratio, staff education and training in wound care, the use of wound care teams, and home caregiver support and training?
The following PICOTS were identified for each KQ and include:
- Adults ages 18 and older with pressure ulcers.
- Various treatment strategies for pressure ulcers including but not limited to therapies that address the underlying contributing factors (e.g., support surfaces and nutritional supplements); therapies that address local wound care (e.g., absorbent wound dressings and biological agents); surgical repair; and adjunctive therapies (e.g., physical therapy).
- Combined treatment modalities (co-interventions) will also be evaluated (such as comparing two treatments in combination with a single treatment).
- Placebo or active control, usual care, or other interventions.
- For effectiveness: Complete wound healing, healing time, reduced wound surface area, pain, and prevention of serious complications of infection.
- For harms of treatment: Pain, dermatologic complications, bleeding, and infection.
- Any duration of follow-up.
- Patient care settings, such as home, nursing facility, or hospital.
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Dated: November 16, 2011.
Carolyn M. Clancy,
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