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Maciejewski ML, Helfand M. Comparative Effectiveness Research Priorities in VA. Presented at: VA HSR&D / QUERI National Meeting; 2012 Jul 18; National Harbor, MD.
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 HSRandD 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.