Comparative Effectiveness With the Gloves Off

Comparative effectiveness—the mostly clinical study of how one medication works against another (or against placebo)—jumped in recognition at the beginning of this year, when the Obama Administration funded $1.1 billion worth of studies, to be conducted over the next several […]

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Getting Ready for Comparative Effectiveness Research

Until recently, “comparative effectiveness” was a term that only surfaced in conversations between health policy experts, academicians and other specialists. No longer. The allocation of $1.1 billion to comparative effectiveness research (CER) in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of […]

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Revisiting ‘To Err Is Human’

Over this summer, the leading news headlines have routinely focused on the intense debate in Washington over healthcare reform. Fairly intricate discussions over population demographics, reimbursement rates and the like tend to get boiled down to slogans: “universal healthcare” or […]

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