Comparative Effectiveness Research

Online modules covering a broad range of methods and application topics

Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER) is a field of study that utilizes data generation (new studies) and synthesis (comparisons of existing studies) to provide evidence identifying best practices and policies related to improving health care. CER studies are generally conducted after randomized controlled trials (RCTs). RCTs determine efficacy or how well a treatment works under ideal conditions. CER studies examine effectiveness by comparing one or more treatments, procedures or medications to determine what works best for which patients under real world conditions.

The CCTS, with funding from the National Institutes of Health, has developed a CER Online Learning Center consisting of online modules covering a broad range of CER methods and application topics including:

  • Research design
  • Propensity Score Theory and Application
  • Instrumental Variable Methods
  • Economic Evaluation
  • Decision Modeling
  • Working with Health Care Claims Data
  • Linear Regression
  • Survival Analysis
  • Systematic Reviews
  • Meta-Analysis
  • Translation
  • Pragmatic Clinical Trials

These modules can be accessed in the CER Resource Room.