Dissemination of Comparative Effectiveness Research
Comparative effectiveness research (CER) findings provide the opportunity to improve health-care processes and patient outcomes through increased use of evidence-based medicine. Effective dissemination of comparative effectiveness research findings to practicing clinicians can allow the health system to take advantage of this opportunity. This chapter reviews challenges in the current system of medical practice, licensing, and education that limit the dissemination of comparative effectiveness research findings and their uptake into clinical practice. The chapter then discusses possible solutions to enhance the dissemination of comparative effectiveness research, including new methods of continuing medical education, health information technology intervention, and changes in clinician reimbursement. Attention to all of these domains will be required for comparative effectiveness research findings to be disseminated to clinicians in a way that will improve patient care and health outcomes.
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