AHRQ announces CERTs awards
Research Activities, December 2011, No. 376
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) recently awarded $30 million over the next 5 years in cooperative agreement grants to continue the Centers for Education and Research on Therapeutics (CERTs) Program. Kaiser Permanente's Center for Health Research in Portland, OR, will serve as the CERTs Scientific Forum to provide expanded scientific and logistical support for the CERTs National Steering Committee and CERTs-wide collaborations and outreach originating from six CERTs research centers. The six research centers and their therapeutic foci are:
- Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston (health information technology).
- Cincinnati's Children's Hospital Medical Center (pediatric health care quality).
- Duke University (cardiovascular disorders).
- Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (mental health disorders).
- University of Alabama at Birmingham (musculoskeletal disorders).
- University of Illinois at Chicago (medication safety).
The CERTs program, overseen by AHRQ in partnership with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, was originally authorized by Congress in 1997 to examine the benefits, risks, and cost-effectiveness of therapeutic products; educate patients, consumers, doctors, pharmacists, and other clinical personnel; and improve quality of care while reducing unnecessary costs by increasing appropriate use of therapeutics and preventing adverse effects and their medical consequences. For more information about the CERTs Program, go to Centers for Education & Research on Therapeutics (CERTs) .