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Testimony on Comparative Effectiveness Research

Larry A. Green

On April 3, 2009, public testimony on comparative effectiveness research was given at a meeting of the National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality. The testimony represents the views of the presenter and not necessarily those of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) or the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

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Test, in practical, real-world trials, different systematic ways of delivering integrated health care for people with (1) emotional and behavioral problems (i.e. people with mental health and substance use problems) and (2) unhealthy behaviors.  This work is well suited for PBRNs and would accelerate evidence based practice by developing practice based evidence, moving beyond testing one pill vs another, or one device vs another. This research matters to approximately 32 million people each year (in terms of the burden of illness associated with important "mental health" problems and a majority of the population (adults, adolescents, children) now compromised because of unhealthy behaviors, specifically tobacco use, physical inactivity, unhealthy diet, and risky use of alcohol.

Larry A. Green, M.D.

Page last reviewed April 2009
Internet Citation: Testimony on Comparative Effectiveness Research: Larry A. Green. April 2009. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.


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