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CER Educational Modules

This 10-module educational program is adapted from live workshops presented at national meetings for health care professionals.  Funded by a 3-year grant from the Agency on Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the program was developed by our team of experts in clinical and academic pharmacy, research methods, professional education, and public health. 

The program goals are to provide healthcare professionals with the knowledge to evaluate medical evidence from various types of study designs used in CER, and to increase their awareness and use of existing CER compiled by AHRQ’s Effective Healthcare Program. The program focuses mainly on CER relating to medications.

The modules listed below are video recordings and will soon be available as downloadable PowerPoint slides. They are designed as stand-alone programs. If you choose to access multiple modules, you may do so in any order.

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Rationale for Comparative Effectiveness Research 8:10 mins
Introduction to AHRQ's Effective Health Care Program 10:53 mins
CER Design Simplified: Part 1 12:08 mins
CER Design Simplified: Part 2 13:47 mins
Does this Apply to My Patients: Applicability in CER Studies 12:08 mins
Risk of Bias Fundamentals 17:50 mins
A Pragmatic Approach to Pragmatic Trials 15:04 mins
Top 10 Reasons to Use Observational Studies for CER 21:17 mins
Apples & Oranges: Systematic Reviews for CER 14:48 mins
Searching the AHRQ EHC Website 12:03 mins
Case Studies in CER 10:07 mins
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