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Demystifying Comparative Effectiveness Research: A Case Study Learning Guide

This report, “Demystifying Comparative Effectiveness Research: A Case Study Learning Guide,” written by Robert W. Dubois, MD, PhD, chief medical officer of Cerner LifeSciences, and Sylvia L. Kindermann, MPH, Cerner LifeSciences senior research associate, discusses the three most prominent types of CER:

  • Randomized controlled trials (RCTs), wherein subjects in a population are randomly allocated into study and control groups to receive or not to receive an experimental intervention, such as a new therapeutic biopharmaceutical or medical device;
  • Meta-analysis, which synthesizes data across a series of similar studies, generally RCTs; and
  • Observational studies, which follow participants over a period of time to examine the potential associations between patients’ exposure to treatment and health outcomes.

The report details a guide on how to best evaluate each kind of study, and it discusses case studies in each of the three types of CER.

An executive summary of this report is also available.

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E.V.I.dently January 2015

NPC MessageHealth Care Outlook for 2015In this month’s Message from NPC, President Dan Leonard considers how the Affordable Care Act and stakeholders...
Blog Post

CER Tweets of the Week: New UMB Center of Excellence In CER, UIC College of Pharmacy Master’s in CER, PCORI in Lancet (January 19-23)

Comparative effectiveness research (CER) stakeholders tweeted about new educational opportunities regarding CER. They shared an announcement about a...
Blog Post

CER Tweets of the Week: The Challenges of Gray-Zone Medicine, PCORI in the Congress Blog (January 12-16)

This week, comparative effectiveness research (CER) stakeholders tweeted multiple articles regarding CER and various challenges they face. They...
Blog Post

CER Tweets of the Week: AcademyHealth Compares International CER, Resource Library on CER (January 5-9)

This week, comparative effectiveness research (CER) stakeholders tweeted about @AcademyHealth’s new paper comparing international efforts to boost...
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

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

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

Using Real-World Evidence to Increase Health Care Access, Improve Quality & Reduce Costs

Mitchell Sugarman, vice president of health economics, policy and payment at Medtronic Cardiac and Vascular Group, explains that health care decision...
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: New UMB Center of Excellence In CER, UIC College of Pharmacy Master’s in CER, PCORI in Lancet (January 19-23)

Comparative effectiveness research (CER) stakeholders tweeted about new educational opportunities regarding CER. They shared an announcement about a...
Blog Post

CER Tweets of the Week: The Challenges of Gray-Zone Medicine, PCORI in the Congress Blog (January 12-16)

This week, comparative effectiveness research (CER) stakeholders tweeted multiple articles regarding CER and various challenges they face. They...
Blog Post

CER Tweets of the Week: AcademyHealth Compares International CER, Resource Library on CER (January 5-9)

This week, comparative effectiveness research (CER) stakeholders tweeted about @AcademyHealth’s new paper comparing international efforts to boost...
Blog Post

CER Tweets of the Week: Clinical Uncertainty in Surgery and EBM & Patient-Centered Medicine and EBM (December 29 – January 2)

This week, articles about evidence-based medicine (EBM) attracted the attention of comparative effectiveness research (CER) stakeholders on Twitter....

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