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Patient-Centered Outcomes Research

Evidence-Based Treatment Comparison Resources

Which Test is Best? Which Medication is Right for Me? Should I Have Surgery?

Patients often face complicated decisions, such as which test is best, which medicine will help most with the fewest side effects, or whether surgery is the best option. Every patient is different, and each should make informed choices based on individual needs.

Comparative effectiveness research, a type of patient-centered outcomes research, compares drugs, medical devices, tests, surgeries, or ways to deliver health care. Research summaries made available through the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's Effective Health Care Program are designed to help clinicians and patients compare a variety of health care interventions and treatments and understand the benefits, risks, and side effects.  Free treatment summaries are also available to help patients be prepared for their medical appointments and work together with clinicians to determine the best treatment option.

Texas Center for Quality and Patient Safety is Partnering in a National Effort to Improve Health Care

As an advocate for evidence-based research and informed decisionmaking, TCQPS is an official partner of the Effective Health Care Program at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the lead Federal agency charged with improving the quality, safety, efficiency and effectiveness of health care for all Americans. Under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, AHRQ supports health services research to improve the quality of health care and promote evidence-based decisionmaking.

TCQPS will continue to connect you with valuable summaries allowing you to compare treatment options, as well as the opportunity to participate in the research development process. Resources are also available for a number of chronic diseases and conditions, including cardiovascular and related diseases, diabetes, arthritis, digestive conditions, cancer, and women’s health.
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Free copies of the patient treatment summaries and clinician research summaries can be ordered by calling 1-800–358–9295 and using code C-02. To learn more, visit the Effective Health Care Program and the National Partnership Network.

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