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Evidence Brief: Review of Reviews on Various Topics for August 2013 Specialty Care Mini SOTA

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Evidence Brief:
Review of Reviews on Various Topics
for Specialty Care
Mini SOTA (September 2013)

Principal Investigator: Kim Peterson, MS; Mark Helfand, MD, MPH, MS

Evidence-based Synthesis Program (ESP) Center
Portland VA Medical Center

Washington (DC): Department of Veterans Affairs; September 2013

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Patient Care Services is planning a Mini State-Of-The-Art (SOTA) conference for August 7 to 8, 2013 on the topic of specialty care. Patient Care Services plans to use the SOTA for strategic planning on how to move specialty care forward in a number of areas. To assist in these efforts, Patient Care Services requested that the VA ESP Coordinating Center (CC) conduct some "light" evidence syntheses of the following topics: shared decision making in palliative care, oncology, and nephrology; interventions that reduce hospitalizations/emergency room (ER) visits for heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD); and interdisciplinary specialty care platforms/teams/neighborhood approaches for reducing hospitalizations/ER visits.

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