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Comparative Effectiveness Research Report
Recommendations for how the Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Secretary will spend $400 million in funds for patient-centered research, also known as comparative effectiveness research, were released June 30th, 2009 by Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER). The report, mandated by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, is designed to help the HHS Secretary and lawmakers improve the quality of care for patients, and provide patients and doctors the best information possible to make decisions about health care. The council was charged by Congress with the task of identifying key areas of comparative effectiveness research where funding could make the greatest impact to improve health outcomes for our nation. The council heard many perspectives, including public input from hundreds of diverse stakeholders, which influenced the entire report. The report includes a definition of CER, criteria for determining which research projects should be a priority, and a strategic framework to identify gaps and future priorities.
The council focused on the unique role that the Office of Secretary funds could play in complementing and leveraging funding currently allocated to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, National Institutes of Health, and other government agencies.
The council’s report will help to inform Secretary Sebelius’ submission of an operational plan for the combined $1.1 billion allocated for patient-centered research, which includes the $400 million allocated to the Office of the Secretary at HHS. This investment will empower clinicians and patients with the information needed to achieve the best outcomes possible.
Click here to download the report from the HHS website (it is the document entitled Full Report at the bottom of the page).
Link to resource: http://www.hhs.gov/recovery/programs/cer/cerannualrpt.pdf
Organization: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services