Invitation to Scientists and Others Interested in Research Methods for Conducting Comparative Effectiveness Studies

Web Broadcast: AHRQ is hosting an invitational symposium on potential methods for conducting comparative effectiveness research (CER) June 1-2.

The symposium aims to provide a forum for scholarly deliberation of new and emerging research methods by scientists working in different disciplines and across settings. The symposium will feature presentations by more than 20 authors whose abstracts were selected through a blinded peer-review process. In addition to the scientific presentations, AHRQ’s Director, Dr. Carolyn Clancy, and the Chair of the Institute of Medicine committee on CER priorities, Dr. Harold Sox, will offer introductory remarks on opportunities and challenges facing this field.

To expand access to the symposium proceedings, AHRQ will provide a live broadcast of the authors’ slides and audio presentations via the internet. If you are interested in viewing this broadcast, we invite you to register through the website listed below. Although there is no charge for registration, seats are limited and we ask that you register only when you are sure you can attend the full meeting on June 1 and/or June 2. Insofar as possible, we ask that individuals from the same organization gather together at one location for the broadcast to conserve seating. This will allow as many people as possible to view the presentations. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis, so it is recommended that you commit early to ensure a reserved seat.

Click here to see the provisional agenda for the symposium and a listing of the Planning Committee members. The symposium is sponsored by AHRQ’s Effective Health Care program, through its DEcIDE research network. Proceedings from this symposium will be published in 2010 as an open-access journal supplement and on AHRQ’s website as we did for the first such symposium in /Medical Care/, October 2007 (available at

This symposium will be a unique opportunity to hear about innovative research methods proposed for conducting comparative effectiveness studies. Should you have any questions regarding the event, please feel free to contact Scott Smith or Kathleen Lohr.

*Register to attend by clicking here or pasting the following link into your browser