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Lewin Group Center for CER to Develop Inventory for ASPE

July 01, 2010

The Lewin Group Center for Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER) was recently selected by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation of the Department of Health and Human Services to develop a comprehensive inventory of CER projects and assets.  Over the 27 month period of the contract beginning June 2010, the Center will design, build and launch a web-based inventory that catalogs CER outputs and activity, including research studies, relevant research methods, training of researchers, data infrastructure and approaches for dissemination and translation of comparative effectiveness research to health care providers and patients.

“This will be an important national resource for informing CER investments and providing current information about ongoing and completed CER in the public and private sectors via a user-friendly interface,” said Clifford Goodman, PhD, acting director of the Center and vice president of The Lewin Group. 

The inventory will be targeted at a very wide audience -- researchers, health care providers, policy makers, patients and consumers.  The website will be developed in a way that ensures patients, clinicians, and other decision makers can identify and locate relevant comparative effectiveness research in a timely manner and identify research gaps.  It will address priority conditions and priority populations, and provide information on the full scope of health interventions, including prescription drugs, medical devices, medical and surgical treatments, behavioral change, and also the organization, delivery and management of care.

HHS has opened a public comment period through Aug. 9, 2010, about sources of the research, methods to encourage participation in the inventory and its sustainability over time and how to categorize the inventory’s content. Comments may be submitted online at

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