Center for Outcomes and Evidence (COE)

Conducts and supports research and assessment of health care practices, technologies, processes, and systems.

The Center for Outcomes and Evidence (COE), formerly the Center for Outcomes and Effectiveness Research and the Center for Practice and Technology Assessment:

  • Conducts and supports research, assessments, and demonstrations on safety, quality, effectiveness, cost-effectiveness, and other relevant attributes of health care practices, technologies, processes and systems.
  • Facilitates and coordinates the development of infrastructures for the collection, analysis, and synthesis of evidence and data in its domains.
  • Serves as a center of excellence for methods and measurement development for the conduct and analysis of outcomes research, cost effectiveness analysis, and evidence-based systematic reviews and technology assessments.
  • Provides evidence based information and tools about therapeutics, technologies, and health care practices for clinical and policy decisionmakers.
  • Directs and supports research on and implementation of the appropriate use of therapeutics and medical technologies, including preventing overuse, underuse and adverse effects.
  • Fosters partnerships with health care providers, insurers, employers and consumers to bring about sustainable systemic change to implement evidence-based practices and improve patient outcomes and quality of care.
  • Represents the Agency in meetings with experts and organizations in the areas of outcomes research and evidence-based medicine and organizes conferences on these topics.
Current as of September 2012
Internet Citation: Center for Outcomes and Evidence (COE). September 2012. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.