Release Date:  May 22, 2002

NOTICE:  NOT-HS-02-007

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 

This notice informs the research community that the Agency for Healthcare 
Research and Quality (AHRQ) is currently inviting comments on its preliminary 
policy on the Inclusion of Priority Populations in Research.  A copy of the 
preliminary policy may be viewed on the AHRQ web-site, at 

This preliminary policy was written to implement a directive of the 
Healthcare Research and Quality Act, which directed AHRQ "to conduct and 
support research and evaluations, and to support demonstration projects, with 
respect to the delivery of health care in inner-city and rural areas 
(including frontier areas); and health care for priority populations, which 
include low income groups; minority groups; women; children; the elderly; and 
individuals with special health care needs, including individuals with 
disabilities and individuals who need chronic care or end-of-life health 
care."  The Agency encourages feedback on the preliminary policy from the 
extramural community of researchers and users of AHRQ-sponsored research, and 
will consider all comments in developing the final policy.  AHRQ plans to 
publish a policy on Inclusion of Priority Populations in Research in the NIH 
Guide during the summer, 2002.

Feedback on the preliminary policy or questions regarding this Notice can be 
submitted to: info@ahrq.gov or to the Office of Research Review, Education, 
and Policy, 2101 E. Jefferson Street, Suite 400, Rockville, MD 20852, 
Attention: Priority Populations Policy, by June 28, 2002.

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