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An NIH study of treatments for high blood pressure, called the ALLHAT trial, shows some of the strengths and limitations of comparative effectiveness research to improve patient care. More...
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To keep a new CER research entity centered on improving patient care, it is important for it to be independent so that it isn't dominated by any one group. This means everyone in the health care community, including patients and providers, needs to be included, and the group needs to operate with full transparency and public accountability. The entire research process of a new CER entity from deciding priorities to finalizing and communicating research results should be open and transparent to the public. Allowing for public review and comment throughout the research process will give an opportunity to providers, patient advocates, and independent researchers to deliver their perspective and keep the work of institute accountable to the public.