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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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The mission of the Partnership to Improve Patient Care (PIPC) is to raise awareness about the value of well-designed comparative effectiveness research (CER), the important role of continued medical innovation as part of the solution to cost and quality challenges in health care, and the need to ensure that proposals to expand the government´s role in CER are centered on patient and provider needs.
PIPC members, representing a diverse, broad-based group of health care stakeholders, are dedicated to working together to promote CER that protects patient access to innovative treatment options; supports the ability of patients, doctors and other health care professionals to choose the care that best meets the individual needs of the patient; and, fosters continued medical innovation. Comparative effectiveness research can be a valuable tool to learn what works in health care and support good clinical decision-making. At the same time, such research can be misapplied in ways that restrict patient access to optimal care, undermine physician/patient decision-making, and discourage continued medical progress.
In order to put patients and providers first, any CER proposal must:
This paper inventories and discusses the basic elements of the framework for CER that are identified in PPACA: requirements for stakeholder participation in comparative effectiveness research; requirements for transparency in procedures and operations; requirements for public opportunity to comment on CERs and to be engaged in Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) review processes; and requirements for open decision-making processes. This paper also compares these requirements to current procedures developed and used by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to conduct CER through its Effective Health Care Program and through the funding provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
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