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Medical News & Perspectives
September 8, 2010

From Research to Health Care Practice

JAMA. 2010;304(10):1058-1059. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.1289

As the US government works to implement health care reform, it has committed more than $1.1 billion to funding comparative effectiveness research that may help guide decision making. In doing so, the United States has joined other nations that are looking toward comparative effectiveness data as a means to improve health care quality. Several other countries have already established systems to develop comparative effectiveness data, assess that data, and translate it into policy. Since 1999, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has been fulfilling this role in the United Kingdom. Kalipso Chalkidou, MD, PhD, director of NICE's international program, spoke with JAMA recently about how the National Health Service (NHS) in England and Wales uses comparative effectiveness data.