CER Collaborative

The Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER) Collaborative formed to help health care stakeholders evaluate and use evidence from comparative effectiveness study designs (observational studies, simulations, or comparisons between studies) and sources (registries, administrative claims, or electronic medical records).

The Collaborative, a joint partnership among the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy, the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research and the National Pharmaceutical Council, has developed tools, resources and training materials to aid formulary decision-makers, the researchers who are developing the information for decision-makers, the biopharmaceutical industry and other health care stakeholders.

The Collaborative’s expertise and guidance on how to evaluate this data is important because, without standards, this information is open to wide interpretation and disparate use by decision-makers.

Evaluating Evidence With Robust Online Tools

The CER Collaborative’s online tools and guidance make it easier for today’s health care decision-makers to evaluate a broad range of evidence, which may include different study designs, each with its own strengths and limitations.

These online tools can help in the evaluation of one or multiple types of studies at a time, providing insight into how decision-makers use these tools to:

  • Assess the credibility and relevancy of three types of research studies, including observational studies, indirect treatment comparisons or network meta-analyses, and modeling studies.
  • Consistently and transparently synthesize multiple studies, allowing for better understanding of the risks and benefits of therapies and the certainty of the evidence.

CER Collaborative’s Certificate Program

The CER Collaborative has developed an accredited certificate course, developed in conjunction with the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy.

Through five online modules and one final interactive peer workshop, participants can learn how decision-makers apply research evaluation tools to assess recent clinical and formulary reviews. The robust, interactive, online learning environment is designed for hands-on practice using case studies, and the final, live session can be presented online or onsite and tailored to an organization's specific needs.

Participants in the CER Collaborative Certificate program can earn 19 continuing education credit hours.

Training dates occur throughout the year, and can be done online or in person. For group discounts, please contact cips@rx.umaryland.edu.