Harold Sox, the editor of Annals of Internal Medicine, will chair a new Institute of Medicine committee on comparative effectiveness.
The IOM Committee on Comparative Effectiveness Research Priorities will make recommendations on what preventive, diagnostic and treatment services should receive the highest priority for research funding. Funding will be allocated by HHS via the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, also known as the stimulus bill.
The committee is expected to report its findings to Congress and HHS in three months. Sox served as president of the American College of Physicians from 1998 to 1999, and he is former chairman of the department of medicine at Dartmouth Medical School.
Upon completion, the report will be issued to the public and HHS will consider funding research in health areas prioritized by the committee.