Academic Year: 2012 - 2013
Introduces students to the motivation and methods of comparative effectiveness research. Reviews the problems faced by decision makers across the US health care system, and the priority topics for investigation. Explains the role of stakeholders, including payors, manufacturers, health care organizations, professional groups, providers and patients. Explains study designs and methods used in effectiveness research, focusing in particular on observational studies. Also describes the policy implications of this research.
Student Evaluation: mid-term short answer exam and produce a final term paper on how to design an approach to a problem in comparative effectiveness research.
Enrollment Minimum: 10
Enrollment Restriction: undergraduates not permitted in this course
Auditors Allowed: Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Special Comments: CER is the generation and synthesis of evidence that compares the benefits and harms of alternative methods to prevent, diagnose, treat and monitor a clinical condition, or to improve the delivery of care. The purpose of CER is to assist consumers, clinicians, purchasers, and policy makers to make informed decisions that will improve health care at both the individual and population levels