Comparative Effectiveness Research at Work

As an advocate for evidence-based research and informed decisionmaking to improve health outcomes, SCPhA is an official partner of the Effective Health Care (EHC) Program National Partnership Network, an effort of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). AHRQ, along with its National Partnership Network partners, is leading the Treatment Options: Explore. Compare. Prepare. Initiative. It provides reliable evidence-based resources to support clinical decision making and help patients talk with their health care providers about the benefits and risks of treatment options for a variety of health conditions using the latest comparative effectiveness research.

What is Comparative Effectiveness Research?

Comparative effectiveness research (CER), a type of patient-centered outcomes research, compares drugs, therapies, medical devices, tests, surgeries, or ways to deliver health care. The EHC Program’s clinician and patient resources are designed to help clinicians and patients compare the benefits, harms, and side effects of a variety of health care interventions and treatments. Visit the EHC Program Website to learn more about CER and available resources.

Free Tools and Resources

Partnering with AHRQ enables SCPhA to connect you with valuable research and educational tools, as well as provide the opportunity to participate in the research development process. Clinician research summaries and companion patient treatment summaries are available for free. AHRQ’s clinician research summaries are designed to help you save valuable time and quickly access reliable information. The summaries, typically just two pages, provide context about key clinical questions and offer a “Clinical Bottom Line” section that summarizes research conclusions and indicates the strength of evidence behind each finding. Patient summaries are designed to help patients and caregivers understand a variety of health conditions and treatment options. You may want to consider supplementing the patient and caregiver materials in your office with these resources:

Patient Summaries
Clinician Summaries

Research Reports and Reviews
Research Available for Comment


To order free materials call the AHRQ Publications Clearinghouse at 800.358.9295 and use code C-02.

Ways to Get Involved in the Treatment Options Initiative:

Review the full list of available patient treatment summaries and order free copies for your waiting rooms by calling the AHRQ Publications Clearinghouse at 800.358.9295 and using code C-02. All of the summaries are free, and most are available in English and Spanish.