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February 2010

Health Care Reform and Comparative Effectiveness: Implications for Surgeons

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: University Health Network, Division of Decision Making and Health Care, Toronto General Clinical Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (Dr Urbach); and Department of Surgery, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (Dr Morris).

Arch Surg. 2010;145(2):120-122. doi:10.1001/archsurg.2009.264

The current interest in comparative effectiveness research, highlighted by the US Congress 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the broader national debate about health care reform in the United States, is a welcome development for those with a long-standing interest in research on the effectiveness of health care interventions. Toiling in relative obscurity for decades, “outcomes researchers” now find themselves at the center of a field of inquiry that promises to improve not just the quality of care, but also the affordability and sustainability of a sector that accounts for one-sixth of the US economy.

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