The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) recently held the second of two forums on the future of comparative clinical effectiveness research (CER), featuring a pair of panels addressing the history, concerns, current challenges, and future opportunities for patient-centered CER.
The forum noted the key role PCORI’s establishment and subsequent work, particularly its focus on engaging patients and other healthcare stakeholders, has played in efforts to make evidence from CER studies more useful in helping patients and those who care for them choose from among their many healthcare options.
BPC Policy Analyst Hannah Martin and colleague Darsh Shah summarize the two panels on the BPC website; archived videos from the event are available on the BPC website as well.
One of the speakers, former Congressman Phil Gingrey, MD, authored his own blog post about the event, discussing the value of CER in providing patients and their clinicians with information they can use to make better-informed healthcare decisions. Gingrey concludes that “to support CER is to support patient-centered care and the advancement of physician knowledge in a way that promotes good practice and allows flexibility, patient preference, and the leveraging of physician experience and instinct. That is a winning combination I would prescribe.”
You also can read Martin’s summary of the first BPC forum, which featured a panel of speakers including PCORI Executive Director Joe Selby, MD, MPH, and see archived videos from that event, here.