Effective Health Care Program National Partnership

In line with AAPCHO’s efforts to improve patient health outcomes, we are partnering with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to increase awareness around Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER). Through this partnership, we will help promote shared decisionmaking between health professionals and patients by sharing AHRQ’s Effective Health Care (EHC) Program’s growing inventory of free resources.

The EHC Program brings together researchers (individuals and organizations) across the nation to work with AHRQ to produce CER resources for clinicians, consumers, and policymakers. CER, also known as Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR), is designed to inform health care decisions by providing evidence on the effectiveness, benefits, and harms of different treatment options. As a result, EHC’s free resources do not tell clinicians how to practice medicine or which treatment is best, and instead are designed to clearly communicate evidence-based information to enable health professional and patients to make informed treatment decisions.

We encourage clinicians, health professionals, and organizations to explore EHC’s free CME/CE modules and quick-reference clinical summaries. We also encourage patients to take advantage of EHC’s free patient educational tools, which in plain language, summarizes health information (e.g., health conditions, benefits, risk factors) to help them and their caregivers understand their treatment options. These resources are free and can be ordered by calling 800–358–9295 and using code C-01. Additionally, a Library of Resources grouped by disease or condition for easy browsing is available: Chronic Diseases, Diabetes, Mental Health and Cancer.

Partnering with AHRQ enables AAPCHO to connect our members and partners with these valuable EHC tools, as well as the opportunity to participate in the research process to support and advocate for the development of more resources accessible to Limited-English Proficient (LEP) communities. To learn more, visit the EHC Program and the EHC Program National Partnership Network websites.

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