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Comparative Effectiveness Research Informational Series

Although the concept of comparative effectiveness research (CER) is not new, it is important to establish a clear definition and understanding of why it is so prominent today and the many related issues and initiatives under consideration in Washington.

To facilitate this understanding, the National Pharmaceutical Council has developed a series of informational pieces, which taken together provide an overview of CER. Each of the following items outlines a specific aspect of CER in a short, easy-to-read format:

  • Defining Evidence-Based Medicine and Comparative Effectiveness Research
  • A Brief History of Comparative Effectiveness Research and Evidence-Based Medicine
  • NPC’s Key Considerations on Comparative Effectiveness Research
  • Comparative Effectiveness Research Provisions in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
  • Comparison of Comparative Effectiveness Research Legislative Activities in the Context of NPC’s CER Recommendations to the Institute of Medicine (IOM), Federal Coordinating Committee on Comparative Effectiveness Research (FCCCER) and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
  • Additional Resources
Newsletter Volume

E.V.I.dently August 2014

NPC MessageHealth and Productivity Go Hand in HandClosely tied to the productivity and prosperity of our nation is the health and safety of its...
Blog Post

CER Tweets of the Week: How Effective is CER?; PCORI Funding Opportunities; Big Data in Health Care (August 18-22)

How effective is comparative effectiveness research (CER)? This week on Twitter, health care stakeholders shared NPC Chief Science Officer Dr. Robert...
Blog Post

CER Tweets of the Week: All Things Patient (August 11-15)

This week’s comparative effectiveness research (CER) tweets revolve around patient-centric news. The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute’s (...
Blog Post

CER Tweets of the Week: Will CER Really Deliver Better Patient Outcomes? (August 4-8)

Comparative effectiveness research (CER) stakeholders shared news about the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute’s next funding round with...
Press Release

NPC Study Outlines When & How Health Decision-Makers Should Consider Individual Patient Differences

Washington, DC (July 29, 2014)—New research led by the National Pharmaceutical Council (NPC) can assist health care stakeholders to understand when...
Press Release

NPC Annual Stakeholder Survey: Comparative Effectiveness Research Is Important, But Impact on Health Care Decision-Making Is Still on the Horizon

(Washington, DC, May 19, 2014)—A new survey of health care stakeholders reveals continued optimism for the use of comparative effectiveness research...
Press Release

CER Collaborative Improving Health Outcomes Through New Comparative Evidence Tools

(Washington, DC, March 24, 2014)—Three peer-reviewed articles published in Value in Health offer important guidance to aid formulary decision-makers...
Press Release

NPC, Quintiles Study Tests Tools to Evaluate Quality of Observational Research in Comparative Effectiveness Studies

(Washington, DC, February 25, 2014)—With the growing demand for information about comparative effectiveness and questions about the quality of...
Commentary and Testimony Page

The State of CER and the Environment for Health Care Decision Making

This month, NPC released its third annual survey on stakeholders’ views on comparative effectiveness research (CER), “The State of Comparative...
Commentary and Testimony Page

Keeping Our Eye on the CER Ball

Until the cherry blossoms begin to bloom later next month, most of the water cooler conversations in Washington will focus on the federal budget....
Commentary and Testimony Page

Leveling the Playing Field? Could a Landmark Decision Alter the CER Communications Landscape?

A growing chorus of voices is publicly sharing data on the effectiveness of treatment options, but one viewpoint has long been shut out of key areas...
Commentary and Testimony Page

Living Up to Its Name? The Role of Patient-Centered Research

Anyone who has ever received bad news from his or her health care provider or held a loved one’s hand when a diagnosis was delivered can understand...
YouTube Videos

Real-World Impact of Comparative Effectiveness Research Findings on Clinical Practice

National Pharmaceutical Council Chief Science Officer Robert W. Dubois, MD, PhD, discusses a peer-reviewed study suggesting that changes are needed...
YouTube Videos

CER and the Environment for Health Care Decision-Making

The National Pharmaceutical Council’s (NPC) fourth annual survey of health care stakeholders is continuing to shed light on the current environment...
YouTube Videos

Webinar: CER Collaborative: Tools You Can Use

Collaborative members hosted a webinar explaining how to use the tools they developed to create greater uniformity and transparency when evaluating...
YouTube Videos

Use of Big and Real-World Data by Pharma: More than Data Warehousing

Real-world data—a subset of big data—is clinical data used for decision-making that did not come from a clinical trial. According to Aaron Galaznik,...
Blog Post

CER Tweets of the Week: How Effective is CER?; PCORI Funding Opportunities; Big Data in Health Care (August 18-22)

How effective is comparative effectiveness research (CER)? This week on Twitter, health care stakeholders shared NPC Chief Science Officer Dr. Robert...
Blog Post

CER Tweets of the Week: All Things Patient (August 11-15)

This week’s comparative effectiveness research (CER) tweets revolve around patient-centric news. The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute’s (...
Blog Post

CER Tweets of the Week: Will CER Really Deliver Better Patient Outcomes? (August 4-8)

Comparative effectiveness research (CER) stakeholders shared news about the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute’s next funding round with...
Blog Post

PCORI Grants, HEOR & FDA Guidance Top CER Tweets of the Week (July 21-25)

What were some of the popular comparative effectiveness research (CER)-related topics on Twitter this week? We saw keen interest in the Patient-...

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