In a previous article in this Journal, the author examined the National Institutes of health (NIH) Consensus Development Conference as a mechanism of assembling and evaluating evidence to develop evidence-based practices. It involves systematic reviews of the literature, evaluation of the evidence by an expert panel, and testimony from experts and input persons in an open meeting. However, 2 distinct methods have been developed for achieving this: the NIH Consensus Development Conference and the RAND Expert Panel. In this article the author will highlight the RAND Expert Panel.
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