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AHRQ--Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: Advancing Excellence in Health Care

September 1, 2009
Volume 2, Issue 1

Comparative Effectiveness Research and Decisionmaking: A Conversation With Two Health Care System Administrators

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Comparative effectiveness (CE) research provides evidence to support the decisionmaking of clinicians with their patients who face multiple options for the testing or treatment of health conditions. But what role does it play among health policymakers? Michael Fordis of the John M. Eisenberg Center for Clinical Communications and Decisions Science, David Hickam of the Scientific Resource Center, and Stephanie Chang of AHRQ sat down with two system administrators — Dr. Dick Justman, National Medical Director of UnitedHealthcare, a national health service delivery company, and Alan B. Rosenberg, MD, Vice President of Medical Policy, Technology Assessment and Credentialing Programs for WellPoint, Inc. to discuss the ways in which the results of CER are used in their work.  Read the Interview

Newly Developed Methods Improve Comparative Effectiveness Research Quality

The science of comparative evidence generation and systematic review is rapidly evolving, which means that many of the Methods Guides created by the Program are considered to be “living documents” that are in a constant state of revision. These articles are designed to provide an update on two of the many projects being undertaken to develop methods that ensure quality reviews and reports.

New Chapters Added to Systematic Review Methods Guide

New Research Methodology Symposium