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

What Works for Depression?
An Evidence-based Comparison of Treatment Options 

On April 29, 2013, AHRQ hosted a Web conference featuring Gerald Gartlehner, MD, MPH, the Associate Director of the RTI- University of North Carolina Evidence-based Practice Center. He highlighted AHRQ’s patient centered outcomes research report, Second-Generation Antidepressants in the Pharmacologic Treatment of Adult Depression: An Update of the 2007 Comparative Effectiveness Review.

Web Conference

About the Presenter

Gerald Gartlehner, MD, MPH, is the Associate Director of the RTI (Research Triangle Institute)- University of North Carolina Evidence-based Practice Center, with more than a decade of experience in systematic reviews and meta-analyses of health care interventions. Dr. Gartlehner is the founding director of the Department for Evidence-based Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology at the Danube University, Krems, Austria; he also directs the Austrian Cochrane Collaboration Branch. He is a Research Fellow at the UNC Sheps Center for Health Services Research and an adjunct assistant professor at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. Dr. Gartlehner’s main professional interests concern comparative efficacy and safety of medications and advanced methodology for synthesizing bodies of evidence and for dealing with problems of heterogeneity, applicability, and strength of evidence. He participates in national and international methods groups that strive to advance the field of systematic reviews (e.g., Cochrane Adverse Effects Methods Group and GRADE Working Group). Dr. Gartlehner has served as scientific advisor to international organizations such as the World Health Organization and U.S. institutions such as Consumers Union and the Oregon Health and Science University Evidence-based Practice Center. Dr Gartlehner holds two European Board certifications (family medicine; emergency medicine); he is also a clinical epidemiologist.