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Editorial
June 16, 2010

Acting on Comparative Effectiveness Research in COPD

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Department of Medicine, Section of Pulmonary and Critical Care, and Department Health Studies, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois (Dr Krishnan); Center for Health Research, Kaiser Permanente, and Oregon Health and Science University, Portland (Dr Mularski).

JAMA. 2010;303(23):2409-2410. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.807

Comparative effectiveness research (CER) has been defined by a report by the Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness as “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.”1

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