NIH Consensus Development Program
Office of Disease Prevention
Office of Rare Diseases
Office of Dietary Supplements
Located in the Office of the Director, OMAR works closely with NIH Institutes or Centers and Offices to assess, translate and disseminate the results of biomedical research that can be used in the delivery of important health services to the public.
A major responsibility of OMAR is the coordination of the NIH Consensus Development Program. Under this program, OMAR organizes major conferences on complex issues of medical importance to health care providers, patients and the general public. These conferences are open to the public, broadcast on the Internet and free of chargeto participants. The NIH Consensus Statements and State of the Science Statements produced by these conferences are disseminated widely to health care practitioners, policymakers, patients, the media and the general public.
An evidence-based assessment is prepared for each conference topic. The assessment involves a systematic review of the medical literature to define the state of medical practice or science by using rigorous criteria for categorizing the strength of the available evidence.
OMAR routinely meets with scientists, clinicians, representatives from other Federal health agencies, and public representatives to discuss methods to further enhance the mission of the office.
In addition, through the Medicine in the Media program, OMAR seeks to enhance the ability of journalists to critically assess scientific reports and medical findings using an evidence-based approach, and to add context to make reports on research in the popular media more useful to readers.
further information about OMAR activities: