My colleagues and I have written previously about the promise and potential of comparative effectiveness research (CER) and the work of the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), but also of the challenges in defining the objectives of this research. Will CER affect clinical guidelines and practices or to simply identify gaps in medical knowledge and research as it moves forward? How can we best ensure, that the information that emerges from CER will be useful in improving patient care?
These questions will be discussed at a forum, “Putting Patients First: Paving a Path to Useful CER,” being hosted by the National Pharmaceutical Council and the National Health Council on September 30 in Washington, D.C. At this symposium, a broad range of stakeholders including patients, health care providers and researchers, among others, will discuss what steps are necessary to transform the potential of CER into a reality.
For those of us engaged in advocating a CER process that advances better and more focused medical research, this forum can be an important milestone in defining the steps that need to be taken. Click here to learn more and to register.