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2012 HSR&D/QUERI National Conference Abstract

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2012 National Meeting

2028 — Comparative Effectiveness Research Priorities in VA

Maciejewski ML, Durham VAMC; Helfand M, Portland VAMC;

Workshop Objectives:
Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER) is an initiative to generate comparative evidence that can inform patients, providers, and other decision makers about which interventions are most effective for which patients, for which VA is well-positioned to contribute. Effective conduct of CER in VA requires an understanding of the most pressing current questions, operational priorities, and rigorous experimental and quasi-experimental methods. Given operational needs for rigorous CER and unique opportunities to contribute to the broad CER enterprise, this workshop will be led by a panel of HSR&D researchers and operational partners committed to CER in VA. Workshop objectives include: 1) an overview of the most pressing issues in the broad CER enterprise that are particularly relevant to current VA policy and clinical decision-making, 2) an overview of methodological challenges that must be addressed to conduct rigorous experimental and quasi-experimental CER, and 3) an operational perspective on the CER priorities in the coming year and next few years.

Activities:
Three workshop presenters will use an oral presentation format with research examples to accomplish workshop objectives. Audience participation (facilitated discussion, questions-and-answers) will be built into the workshop at several points. Program content will be organized in the following segments: 1) Current issues in CER that are relevant to VA; 2) Current methodological challenges related to integration of patient perspectives, conducting practical clinical trials, and rigorous quasi-experiments; and 3) Facilitated audience discussion of applications of CER principles to current pressing policy and clinical questions in VA with an emphasis on important questions for future research.

Target Audience:
The target audience for the proposed worshop includes HSR&D researchers, project staff, and operational leaders conducting CER analyses, as well as those interested in learning about CER.

Assumed Audience Familiarity with Topic:
None.


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