Effective Health Care Program develops new papers, continuing medical education courses, and faculty slides
Research Activities, December 2010, No. 364
The Effective Health Care (EHC) Program of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality conducts Comparative Effectiveness Reviews (CERs) that compare the effectiveness of medications, devices, and other health care services. Reviews on a particular topic are often accompanied by clinician guides and consumer guides. New types of summary guides are developed as the need is identified.
In an effort to obtain more detail and specific information to inform and guide future research into the many topics covered in the CERs and other published reviews, the EHC Program has published eight Future Research Needs Papers as Web-only products. The topics range from treatments of common hip fractures and prioritizing research needs in gestational diabetes to the integration of mental health/substance abuse and primary care.
The EHC Program has also developed continuing medical education lessons and examinations, slide sets for use by medical faculty, and electronic decision aids for clinicians and patients/consumers. All completed reports, summary guides, and papers, as well as many reports in progress, are available on the Effective Health Care Program Web site.