Comparative Effectiveness Research
At Research Advocacy Network (RAN), we believe that advocates who are knowledgeable about comparative effectiveness research play an important role as liaisons between patients and researchers.
Comparative effectiveness research compares the effectiveness, benefits, and harms of different treatment options such as different drugs, medical devices, or chemotherapy regimens. It can also be used to determine whether it is better to give different treatments to subgroups of patients who have a given biomarker, or whether it is better to initially give everyone the same treatment. The goal of comparative effectiveness research is to provide evidence for healthcare policy and clinical decisions so that physicians do not have to guess which treatment might be best for their patients.
What is Research Advocacy Network doing to help advocates understand Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER)?
- We recently published the results of a survey we conducted to better understand advocates understanding and concerns about CER. Click here for the report.
- On Feb. 9th RAN will hold an Advocate Grand Rounds Session on Comparative Effectiveness Research. Click here for more information and to register