New guide available for developing observational comparative effectiveness research
AHRQ’s Effective Health Care Program has released a new publication entitled Developing a Protocol for Observational Comparative Effectiveness Research: A User’s Guide. This 11-chapter guide serves as a resource for researchers developing observational comparative effectiveness research (CER) studies and working with stakeholders in designing patient-centered health studies. The user’s guide identifies best practices for designing observational CER studies and provides guidance on the review of study protocols with checklists in each chapter. Topics in this new user’s guide include but are not limited to developing study objectives and questions, study design, data sources, and analysis. In addition, a collection of 12 training modules in PowerPoint format, aligned with each chapter, are also available to expand training and education for graduate students and other researchers in these best practices. Both the user’s guide and training modules are free from the EHC Program. Free printed copies of the User’s Guide may be ordered by email from the AHRQ Clearinghouse, publication 12(13)-EHC099.