Comparative effectiveness research is research aimed evaluating and comparing the implications and outcomes of two or more health care strategies to address a particular medical condition. The goal of comparative effectiveness research is to generate better information about the risks and benefits and costs of different treatment options in order to provide health-care decision makers—including patients, clinicians, purchasers, and policymakers—with up-to-date, evidence-based information about their treatment options to make informed health care decisions.
In the Division of General Internal Medicine, investigators design and conduct comparative effectiveness studies in diverse fields including in diabetes, obesity, and depression management. Several of the active projects are funded by the DEcIDE Network of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Since 2005, this Network has funded practical studies about the outcomes, comparative clinical effectiveness, safety, and appropriateness of health care items and services.