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Comparative Effectiveness Review Summaries Get a New Look, Expanded Product Line

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Summary products and guides from the Effective Health Care (EHC) Program sport a new look this spring following a collaborative redesign by the John M. Eisenberg Center for Clinical Decisions and Communications Science and the Office of Communication and Knowledge Transfer at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). The aesthetic changes increase attractiveness and ease of product recognition for the consumer and clinician guides and policymaker summaries — all of which are created as easy-to-read contextual summaries of systematic reviews.

The traditional look of the guides, which emphasized the Effective Health Care Program colors of blue and orange, now use a full-color print scheme. Full-color Consumer guides provide a brighter, more inviting visual experience to patients and caregivers. Clinician and policymaker guides will each be assigned one of the four primary colors for quick product recognition. Both the clinician and policymaker guides can now be identified by the priority and secondary condition addressed in the research for easy filing and selection.

In addition to the aesthetic changes, the EHC Program has also added several new summary products, including a set of slides for medical faculty members who wish to teach a lesson on the comparative effectiveness research findings, as well as a fully accredited online continuing medical education (CME) activity for clinicians who want to study the findings for CME credit. A set of faculty slides and CME products will be available on the “Guides for Clinicians” page of the EHC Program Web site, along with printed and online summary products with the new design and colors, in late spring.