In a video posted Thursday by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, Joe Selby, the institute’s executive director, discussed some challenges facing efficient comparative effectiveness research.
“There are a lot of methodological questions about how one does comparative effectiveness research, especially the kind of CER that uses big data,” Selby says. “On top of that, we’ve specified that you’ve got to engage patients and stakeholders, and there is a real absence of methods research on how you do that well.”
Selby says PCORI has not only helped fund research to help develop stronger CER methodology, and that it itself has conducted some of that research.
“Most study designs are really just designed to give you an average difference between one treatment and another,” Selby says.