Resources for Causal Reasoning in Health Services Research

Workshop on CER

My colleague, Adrian Levy, presented at the 2012 Harvard-Merck workshop Comparative Effectiveness Research: Controversies and Opportunities. The focus of the Workshop was on statistical, analytical and design methods of comparative effectiveness research in therapeutic interventions.

The premise is that variations in health care delivery, clinical practice patterns, socio-economic and demographic factors, and human behavior modify effectiveness across large segments of the populations under investigation. Another aspect relates to the use of observational databases, such as Medicare/Medicaid data, Surveillance, Epidemiology, End Results data, and prospective clinical registries.