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Comparative Effectiveness Research: Evidence, Medicine, and Policy

Carol M. Ashton and Nelda P. Wray


Americans like to believe that the medical care we get from our doctors is based on solid scientific evidence. We hear often that American medical care and medical research are the best in the world. Yet between 2003 and 2010, three different laws were enacted, the most recent being the Affordable Care Act of 2010, that mandated new federal investments in a type of clinical research called comparative effectiveness research, research into what works best in medical care. In this book, we tell the story of how—and why—the federal government decided to make comparative effectiveness research an ... More

Keywords: Comparative effectiveness research, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, Clinical research, Evidence-based medicine, U.S health care reform, Health policy, Value based health insurance design

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199968565
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199968565.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Carol M. Ashton, author
The Methodist Hospital, Houston, TX

Nelda P. Wray, author
The Methodist Hospital, Houston, TX