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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
Blog Post

CER Tweets of the Week (May 18-22): CER Stakeholders Tweet Discussions From #ISPORPhila; Generalizing RCT Results to Wider Populations

This week, many comparative effectiveness research (CER) stakeholders attended the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research...
Blog Post

CER Tweets of the Week: Remembering David Sackett, PCORI’s Selby at American Pain Society Annual Scientific Meeting (May 11-15)

This week, many stakeholders in the comparative effectiveness research (CER) community paused to remember the work of the late Dr. David Sackett, who...
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E.V.I.dently May 2015

MessageStepping Back to Look at ValueNPC President Dan Leonard explains that, like beauty, the value of health care is in the eye of the beholder....
Blog Post

CER Collaborative Continuing Education Program: Same Content. Same Instructors. Two Formats. Your Choice!

The Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER) Collaborative is now offering more flexibility to participate in its 19-hour continuing education...
Press Release

State Medicaid Directors Share Views on Comparative Effectiveness Research And Its Impact on Policy in National Pharmaceutical Council Survey

(Washington, DC, April 16, 2015)—A new survey conducted on behalf of the National Pharmaceutical Council (NPC) shows that state Medicaid directors...
Press Release

NPC Highlights Stakeholder Views on Comparative Effectiveness Research and the Environment for Health Care Decision-Making

(Washington, DC, March 26, 2015)—A new survey of health care stakeholders reveals continued optimism that comparative effectiveness research (CER)...
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...
Commentary and Testimony Page

Chain Drug Review – Commentary: “Health Care Outlook for 2015”

This commentary was originally published in the January 5, 2015 issue of Chain Drug Review.By: Dan Leonard, President, National Pharmaceutical...
Commentary and Testimony Page

NPC Comments on PCORI Proposal for Peer Review of Primary Research and Public Release of Research Findings

November 7, 2014Dr. Joe SelbyExecutive DirectorPatient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute1828 L St., NW, Suite 900Washington, DC 20036Dear Dr....
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....
YouTube Videos

Comparative Effectiveness Research and the Environment for Health Care Decision-Making

During a March 26, 2015 webinar, the National Pharmaceutical Council discussed the results of its annual stakeholder survey on comparative...
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...
Blog Post

CER Tweets of the Week (May 18-22): CER Stakeholders Tweet Discussions From #ISPORPhila; Generalizing RCT Results to Wider Populations

This week, many comparative effectiveness research (CER) stakeholders attended the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research...
Blog Post

CER Tweets of the Week: Remembering David Sackett, PCORI’s Selby at American Pain Society Annual Scientific Meeting (May 11-15)

This week, many stakeholders in the comparative effectiveness research (CER) community paused to remember the work of the late Dr. David Sackett, who...
Blog Post

CER Collaborative Continuing Education Program: Same Content. Same Instructors. Two Formats. Your Choice!

The Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER) Collaborative is now offering more flexibility to participate in its 19-hour continuing education...
Blog Post

CER Tweets of the Week: PCORI Announces First Annual Meeting, U.S. News on PCORnet (May 4-8)

This week, comparative effectiveness research (CER) stakeholders tweeted about the theme for the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute’s (@...
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