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AHRQ Series Commentary 2: Informative, timely, and valuable: an outsider view of the Comparative Effectiveness Review articles

  • David Tovey
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    Corresponding author. Cochrane Editorial Unit, The Cochrane Collaboration, 29 Queen Elizabeth Street, London, SE1 2LP, United Kingdom. Tel.: +44 2071837503; fax: +44 2071839163.
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    Editor in Chief, The Cochrane Library, The Cochrane Collaboration, London, UK
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      The development of the Methods Guidefor Comparative Effectiveness Reviews (CERs) by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and Effective Health Care (EHC) Program is an important and timely development [

      Agency for Healthcare Research (AHRQ). Methods guide for effectiveness and comparative effectiveness reviews. Available from: http://www.effectivehealthcare.ahrq.gov/index.cfm/search-for-guides-reviews-and-reports/?pageaction=displayproduct&productid=318.

      ]. The articles published within the Journal of Clinical Epidemiology (JCE) represent a sample from the work completed so far and are informative in describing current strategic thinking within the program. They will also have relevance for many others who are responsible for conducting systematic reviews both within and beyond the United States. “The Guide” builds on the experience and expertise gained since the introduction of the Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC) Programs in 1997 and has also been influenced by similar programs internationally, including the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence in the United Kingdom, the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technology in Health, and also The Cochrane Collaboration.
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