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Find quick links to medication-related comparative effectiveness research documents from the AHRQ Effective Healthcare Program website.

CER Glossary

A guide to terms used in comparative effectiveness research for managed care and pharmacy professionals.

Heterogeneity Checklists

Two checklists for assessing heterogeneity that may occur within studies and across studies. Useful tools for reviewing research.

CER Group Publications

Health Care Decision Makers’ Use of Comparative Effectiveness Research: Report from a Series of Focus Groups

Villa L, Warholak TL, Hines LE, Taylor AM, Brown ML, Hurwitz J, Brixner D, Malone DC. Jnl Manag Care Pharm. Nov/Dec 2013;19(9):745-54

Additional Resources

Initial National Priorities for Comparative Effectiveness Research

Institute of Medicine (IOM) Committee on Comparative Effectiveness Research Prioritization (June 30, 2009). In this report, the IOM committee establishes a working definition of CER, develops a priority list of research topics to be undertaken with ARRA funds, and lists requirements to support a robust and sustainable CER enterprise.

DHHS Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research Report to the President and the Congress
Published June 30, 2009, this report describes the Coordinating Council’s goals, objectives, proceedings, future plans and strategic framework for CER.

Comparative Effectiveness Research: A Progress Report
Annals of Internal Medicine Oct 5, 2010, pp. 469-72.
This report summarizes progress on CER research funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.