Comparative Effectiveness

Through The Dartmouth Institute’s Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER) Program, investigators from across the Institute are working together to find the best approaches for providing care to individual patients and populations. Innovative approaches to finding out “what works,” in both clinical and economic terms, are being pursued. The CER Program is committed to building a strong evidence base to inform patients and policy makers.

The Program’s research addresses the following questions:

  • How do medical technologies and innovations in health care delivery improve clinical care and outcomes for patients?
  • How are innovative medical technologies and delivery practices best used for prevention, diagnosis and treatment of illness?
  • How can health information technology be used to provide individually-tailored decision support for patients and their health care providers?> What methodological approaches are best for evaluating what works for disease prevention, diagnosis, treatment and health care delivery?

Diverse data sources and research designs are used to answer these questions, including randomized clinical trials, registries, administrative claims data, and disease modeling/cost-effectiveness analysis.

Current research initiatives focus on:


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