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Technology Assessment Statements

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Many State-of-the-Science Conferences and Workshops adhere to the NIH Consensus Development Conference (CDC) format because the process is useful for evaluating complex issues. In the CDC format, NIH State-of-the-Science Statements are prepared by a non advocate, non-Federal panel of experts, based on: (1) presentations by investigators working in areas relevant to the consensus questions typically during a 1-1/2-day public session; (2) questions and statements from conference attendees during open discussion periods that are part of the public session, and (3) closed deliberations by the panel during the remainder of the second day and morning of the third. Each statement is an independent report of the panel and is not a policy statement of the NIH or the Federal Government.

Other State-of-the-Science Conferences and Workshops are organized around unique formats. Usually, speakers present findings or perspectives on the issue. The public is invited to address questions to the speakers. Policy implications may be discussed. A report of the findings can emerge in one of a variety of formats including publication in a clinical or scientific journal.

NIH State-of-the-Science Statements (formerly known as "Technology Assessment Statements")


  1. Evaluating the Elderly Patient: The Case for Assessment Technology, June 29-30, 1983

  2. Donor Registries for Bone Marrow Transplantation, May 13-15, 1985

  3. The Health Benefits of Pets, September 10-11, 1987

  4. Modeling in Biomedical Research: An Assessment of Current and Potential Approaches: Applications to Studies in Cardiovascular/Pulmonary Function and Diabetes, May 1-3, 1989

  5. Health Care Delivery Research Using Hospital Firms, April 30-May 1, 1990

  6. Report on the Workshop on Diffusion of ECMO Technology, May 31-June 1, 1990

  7. Bovine Somatotropin, December 5-7, 1990

  8. Clinical Trials Results: Exploring the Dissemination Process, January 15, 1991

  9. Effects and Side Effects of Dental Restorative Materials, August 26-28, 1991

  10. Methods for Voluntary Weight Loss and Control, March 30 - April 1, 1992

  11. The Head and Heart of Chaos: Nonlinear Dynamics in Biological Systems, June 15-16, 1992

  12. Ultrasound Screening: Implications of the Radius Study, December 3, 1993

  13. An Evidence-Based Health Care System: The Case for Clinical Trials Registries, December 6-7, 1993

  14. The Persian Gulf Experience and Health, April 27-29, 1994

  15. Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis in Body Composition Measurement, December 12-14, 1994

  16. Gaucher Disease: Current Issues in Diagnosis and Treatment, February 27-March 1, 1995

  17. Integration of Behavioral and Relaxation Approaches Into the Treatment of Chronic Pain and Insomnia, October 16-18, 1995

  18. Management of Temporomandibular Disorders, April 29 - May 1, 1996

  19. Improving Medical Implant Performance Through Retrieval Information: Challenges and Opportunities, January 10-12, 2000

  20. Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) for Diagnosis and Therapy, January 14-16, 2002

  21. Management of the Clinically Inapparent Adrenal Mass ("Incidentaloma"), February 4-6, 2002

  22. Symptom Management in Cancer: Pain, Depression, and Fatigue, July 15-17, 2002

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