Testimony on Comparative Effectiveness Research
William Lang, MPH, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
April 1, 2009
National Advisory Council on Healthcare Research and Quality
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
540 Gaither Road
Dear Council Members:
The American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) is pleased to provide comments to the National Advisory Council on Healthcare Research and Quality (NAC) on the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) comparative effectiveness research program.
AACP supports federal efforts to increase the evidence-base upon which healthcare professionals establish their clinical decisions and organize their practice. We support the creation of this evidence base through comparative effectiveness research.
Our comment to the NAC consists of the following brief statement:
We need to move comparative effectiveness towards practice pattern assessment. For example, we know that helping patients manage their medications is essential for improved outcomes associated with the use of the medication. To make the most efficient use of health professionals' knowledge and skills we need to know which clinicians-working alone or in teams- impact those outcomes associated with medication management strategies. If it matters how a service is delivered then educational strategies to affect and enhance that delivery are essential.
Pharmacy faculty are strong partners with AHRQ. Academic pharmacy researchers are working to develop a sustainable health services research effort among faculty with AHRQ grant support. As partners in the AHRQ Effective Healthcare programs (CERTs, DeCIDE) pharmacy faculty researchers improve the effectiveness of healthcare services. Some of this research will take place through the development of practice-based research networks focused on improving the medication use process. Researchers have assessed the use and availability of health information technology and its relationship to medication errors in critical access hospitals.
Should you require additional information please contact me at your convenience.
William Lang, MPH
VP Policy and Advocacy
American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
1727 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314