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Editorial
August 2010

Rolling Theme Issue on Comparative Effectiveness ResearchThe Right Treatment to the Right Patient at the Right Time

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Child Health Institute, University of Washington, Seattle.

 

Author Affiliation: Child Health Institute, University of Washington, Seattle.

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2010;164(8):773. doi:10.1001/archpediatrics.2010.137

The last year has seen a dramatic change in the attention being given to translating discoveries in the laboratory into improvements in patient care and to ensuring that what we do at bedside is effective for the patient. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 provided additional funds to the National Institutes of Health and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, which has resulted in a burst of research activity, with a particular emphasis on comparative effectiveness research. Health care reform has raised the stakes enormously, through its emphasis on ensuring that care paid for by the federal government is evidence-based and effective.

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