Comparative Effectiveness Consulting
Comparative Effective Research: An Overview
Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER) is a field of study that utilizes data generation (new studies) and synthesis (comparisons of existing studies) to provide evidence identifying best practices and policies related to improving health care.
CER studies are generally conducted after randomized controlled trials (RCTs). RCTs determine efficacy or how well a treatment works under ideal conditions. CER studies examine effectiveness by comparing one or more treatments, procedures or medications to determine what works best for which patients under real world conditions.
Applications of CER work include comparisons of drug therapy, primary care practices, emerging technologies, treatment options for serious illnesses, program evaluation, and many others. Patients, doctors, care teams, healthcare professionals, and policy makers can use CER knowledge to improve decision making for their own health and the health of others.
Services available through the CCTS include assistance with:
- Study design
- Data analysis consultation
- Identification of comparison databases
- Training in methods and application of CER
Additional training and educational resources can be found in the CER Resource Room.