Available Until 7/30/2027

Comparative Effectiveness Research: What?, Why?, How?


For more information or to schedule this course, please contact Helen-Ann Brown Epstein <HEpstein@virtua.org>.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 funded efforts in comparative effectiveness research-for the public to know which treatments work best for whom, so they can make informed care decisions. Experience this 1/2 day face-to-face course to define comparative effectiveness research, CER, and to learn about the work of the Institute of Medicine and AHRQ. Also, come and plan search strategies in the 14 designated priority health topics and witness selected searches run in PubMed Special Topic-Comparative Effectiveness Research and PubMed Health. Come build on your thinking/searching in an evidence based way to thinking/searching for effectiveness and its applications in our health care future.

Method: After a brief lecture of defining terms and the history behind comparative effectiveness research, the class will be case-based. From the 14 designated top priority topics, a couple of cases will be worked through led by the instructor and run in PubMed Special Topic CER and PubMed Health. Small groups will formulate additional topic strategies and the whole group will review this work. The instructor will run selected cases to reinforce this material.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this ½ day demo workshop, participants will:

1. Define comparative effectiveness research simply and more extensively.

2. Comprehend how the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act legislated efforts for comparative effectiveness research.

3. Compile search questions from the 14 priority topics designated by AHRQ.

4. Plan, search and retrieve in PubMed Topic-Specific Queries—Comparative Effectiveness

5. Plan, search and retrieve in PubMed Health

6. Transition from thinking in an evidence based way to thinking for effectiveness


4 hour 1/2 day
8:30 - 8:45 Intro, Housekeeping
8:45 - 9:15 Define CER, especially within ARRA, IOM, AHRQ
9:15 - 9:45 Intro of CER Topic Specific Queries and PubMed Health
9:45 - 10:00 Break
10:00 - 11:00 First 2 Cases
11:00 - 11:30 Small Group Planning 
11:30 - 12:15 Run selected scenarios from group work
12:15 - 12:30 Wrap up evaluation

MLA CE Credits: 4