Comparative Effectiveness Research and Decision-Making
With the rise of cost conscious - high value healthcare there has been growing interest in understanding the optimal treatments for numerous conditions. Increasing numbers of studies have been designed to compare treatment options in a ‘head to head’ design. Additionally, systematic reviews and analysis have been performed and housed in a website of the AHRQ website called Effective Health Care Program. One such analysis that compares treatment options for diabetes can be found on the AHRQ website.
The methodology to use in the determination of efficacy by AHRQ is found at: www.effectivehealthcare.ahrq.gov/index.cfm/search-for-guides-reviews-and-reports/?productid=328&pageaction=displayproduct
The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) funds research to provide patients, their caregivers, and clinicians with the evidence-based information needed to make better-informed health care decisions. PCORI helps people and their caregivers communicate and make informed health care decisions when assessing the value of health care options. This research answers patient-centered questions such as:
- “Given my personal characteristics, conditions and preferences, what should I expect will happen to me?”
- “What are my options and what are the potential benefits and harms of those options?”
- “What can I do to improve the outcomes that are most important to me?”
- “How can clinicians and the care delivery systems they work in help me make the best decisions about my health and healthcare?”