On this page
- What Is CER?
- CTSI Consultation Services for CER
- UCSF Educational Programs
- Other UCSF Resources
- External Resources
What Is CER?
Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER) seeks to determine which medical interventions and strategies work best, for whom, and under what circumstances. See more definitions of CER
Comparative effectiveness research is the conduct and synthesis of research comparing the benefits and harms of different interventions and strategies to prevent, diagnose, treat and monitor health conditions in "real world" settings. The purpose of this research is to improve health outcomes by developing and disseminating evidence-based information to patients, clinicians, and other decision-makers, responding to their expressed needs, about which interventions are most effective for which patients under specific circumstances. To provide this information, comparative effectiveness research must assess a comprehensive array of health-related outcomes for diverse patient populations and sub-groups. Defined interventions compared may include medications, procedures, medical and assistive devices and technologies, diagnostic testing, behavioral change, and delivery system strategies. This research necessitates the development, expansion, and use of a variety of data sources and methods to assess comparative effectiveness and actively disseminate the results. (from Report to the President and the Congress on Comparative Effectiveness Research, 2009)
Most definitions of CER involve not only comparing two or more active interventions, but also
- conducting these assessments in settings with real-world significance
- evaluating for heterogeneity of intervention effects across different subgroups of patients
- focusing on perspectives of different stakeholders, with a particular emphasis on patient-centered outcomes.
UCSF Educational Programs
Educational offerings at UCSF include a webinar on CER and PCORI, courses in the UCSF Training in Clinical Research Program, and archived presentations of symposia and lectures given by UCSF faculty.
Getting Your PCORI Grant Funded: Advice from Insiders is a webinar that provided high-value advice on strategies for maximizing your chance of funding success.
Archived Symposia and Presentations
Access a wide variety of presentations and slide sets on topics in CER and PCORI. These include material from UCSF’s Annual Symposium on CER, with talks by PCORI leaders and UCSF and other Bay Area faculty who are experts in CER and PCORI.
Other UCSF Resources
PCORI Proposal Library
Learn by example — view examples of successful UCSF proposals generously provided by members of the UCSF community (UCSF access only).
- Guides and Manuals
- San Francisco Bay Collaborative Research Network: access to community-based stakeholders and study subjects
Population Health and Health Services Research Datasets
A searchable database with more than 100 dataset resources for population health, health services research and health equity research.
- Explore the datasets
- Resources for geocoding and health equity can be found at Population Health & Health Equity
- Get expert consultation
OptumLabs Data Warehouse (OLDW)
UCoP has partnered with OptumLabs, a collaborative center for research and innovation, to provide access to 160 million de-identified records across claims and clinical information to conduct investigations on populations and unique subsets within them. Learn more about OLDW
Infrastructure Support for Multicenter Studies and Clinical Trials
- The San Francisco Coordinating Center is a collaborative enterprise among researchers from the CPMC Research Institute and the UCSF Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics.
Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses
- The United States Cochrane Center is part of a collaboration that publishes systematic reviews to promote evidence-informed health decision-making.
The Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) has an excellent website with information on the types of research it funds, and methodology guides to support the development of high-quality research that is consistent with its mission.
- CERTAIN Patient Advisory Network's INSPIRE Research Portal is an online library of resources designed for patients and researchers partnering on patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR).
- See more External Resources for CER