ARRA Accelerating Adoption of Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER)

Comparative effectiveness research is the conduct and synthesis of research comparing the benefits and harms of different interventions and strategies to prevent, diagnose, treat and monitor health conditions in "real world" settings.

The purpose of this research is to improve health outcomes
by developing and disseminating evidence-based information to patients, clinicians, and other decision-makers, responding to their expressed needs, about which interventions are most effective for which patients under specific circumstances."
The purpose of this program is to develop and test strategies to improve the dissemination of CER information and the resultant translation of this evidence into practice in the non-profit and private sector.

Doing so effectively would demonstrate a return on the CER investment, and, more importantly, improve the health of the patients served by a given organization.

Funds will be used to support organizations that 1) develop evidence-informed, yet innovative dissemination and translation strategies; 2) develop proposals that study the implementation of dissemination and translation strategies within their organization.

Agency - Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services is the Federal government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially to those who are least able to help themselves.