The veterans affairs experience: Comparative effectiveness research in a large health system

David Atkins, Joel Kupersmith, Seth Eisen

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Abstract

Comparative effectiveness research is a tool to use in achieving patient-centered, high-value health care. However, applying the results to individual patients and health systems raises unique issues. Here, we review lessons learned by the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) in developing and implementing the research in a large integrated health system. Decision makers should examine whether individual studies apply to diverse populations, align tools and incentives to adopt evidence-based practices, and consider both the patient and population perspectives. A key challenge remains how to incorporate comparative evidence and patient values into busy clinical practices.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1906-1912
Number of pages7
JournalHealth Affairs
Volume29
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2010
Externally publishedYes

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