A new resource to help researchers conduct observational comparative effectiveness research (CER) is now available from AHRQ’s Effective Health Care Program. Developing a Protocol for Observational Comparative Effectiveness Research: A User’s Guide identifies best practices for designing observational CER studies with stakeholders and provides guidance on the review of study protocols. Topics in this new user’s guide include developing study objectives and questions, study design, data sources, and analysis. A collection of 12 training modules in PowerPoint format, following each of the guide’s chapters, is also available to increase training and education in these best practices. Both the user’s guide and training modules are free from the EHC Program. Free printed copies of the User’s Guide may be ordered by email from the AHRQ Clearinghouse by requesting publication: 12(13)-EHC099.
Dana Abbey, Health Information Literacy Coordinator