Comparative Effectiveness Portfolio

Comparing treatment options for different health conditions
Improve health care quality by providing patients and physicians with state-of-the-science information on which medical treatments work best for a given condition.

AHRQ's Comparative Effectiveness Portfolio provides comparisons of drugs, medical devices, tests, surgeries, or ways to deliver health care so that patients and their families understand what treatments work best and how their risks compare. Within this portfolio, initiatives include:

  • The John M. Eisenberg Center for Clinical Decisions and Communications Science that translates comparative effectiveness reviews and research reports created by AHRQ's Effective Health Care Program into guides and tools for consumers, clinicians, and policymakers.
  • Evidence-based Practice Centers that review and synthesize scientific evidence for conditions or technologies that are costly, common, or important to the Medicare or Medicaid programs.
  • The Centers for Education and Research on Therapeutics that conduct research and provide education to advance the optimal use of drugs, biologicals, and medical devices.
  • The Developing Evidence to Inform Decisions about Effectiveness Network (DECiDE), research-based health organizations that conduct practical studies about the outcomes, comparative clinical effectiveness, safety, and appropriateness of health care items.
Page last reviewed October 2012
Internet Citation: Comparative Effectiveness Portfolio. October 2012. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.