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Comparative Effectiveness Resource Center

New initiatives from comparative effectiveness research, also known as patient-centered outcomes research, may have significant impact on a sweeping range of constituencies—from providers, payers, industry, and regulators—to patients and their advocates. Competing drugs, medical devices, and clinical procedures are all in play.

Comparative Effectiveness Legislation Stakeholders Weigh In on Comparative Effectiveness

Comparative Effectiveness in the News  

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Comparative Effectiveness Legislation

  • The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
    H.R. 3590 The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, 1/5/2010. Major provisions on comparative effectiveness research on pages 609-625, Subtitle D—Patient-Centered Outcomes Research. But, also see pages 390-392.
  • Initial National Priorities for Comparative Effectiveness Research, 6/30/2009 (website)
  • Patient-Centered Research Report Sent to Congress Outlining Research Priorities, 6/29/2009 (website)

See the full list of Comparative Effectiveness Legislation

Stakeholders Weigh in on Comparative Effectiveness 

 Comparative Effectiveness Research in the News

  • Using Comparative-Effectiveness Research to Improve Care, Hospitals & Health Networks, 1/10/2013 (article)
  • Comparative Effectiveness Research and the Environment for Health Care Decision Making, The National Pharmaceutical Council, 1/2013 (article)
  • Collaborative Efforts: PCORI Comparative-Effectiveness Awards Add a New Twist: Patient Input,, 5/28/2012 (article)
  • Comparative Effectiveness Research: A JAMA Theme Issue, 4/2012 (issue)
  • PCORI: Funny Acronym, Serious Work, The Washington Post, 1/18/2012 (article)
  • New Group To Set Priorities for Medical Effectiveness Research, Kaiser Health News, 1/16/2012 (article)

    See the full list of Comparative Effectiveness in the News

ECRI Institute’s Role with Comparative Effectiveness

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ECRI Institute Proposes a National Patient Library

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  • National Patient Library Website (website)

ECRI Institute Resources

  • Patient-Centeredness in Policy and Practice: A Conference on Evidence, Programs, and Implications (website)
  • Health Technology Assessment Information Service (website)
  • Sample Comparative Effectiveness Reports (website)

External Links

  • AHRQ Effective Health Care Program (website)
  • AHIP Center for Policy Research (website)
  • American College of Cardiology (website)
  • The Cochrane Collaboration (website)
  • Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research (website)
  • Hospital Compare (website)
  • HTAi Consumer and Patient Glossary: A Beginner’s Guide to Words Used in Health Technology Assessment 
  • The Lewin Group Center for Comparative Effectiveness Research (website)
  • National Health Policy Forum (website)
  • National Library of Medicine: National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology (website)
  • National Library of Medicine: Resources for Informing Comparative Effectiveness (website)
  • The National Pharmaceutical Council (website)
  • NHS Evidence (website)
  • Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (website)

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