HHS has awarded $473 million for comparative-effectiveness research projects in areas such as chronic-disease prevention, expanding patient registries, and clinical data and standards infrastructure.
$473 million awarded for comparative-effectiveness research
The awards were part of the $1.1 billion allotted for comparative research in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The stimulus law allocated $300 million to HHS' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the remaining $173 million will go toward projects administered by AHRQ for the HHS secretary, the AHRQ said in a news release.
AHRQ-funded grants fall into seven categories, which include evidence-gap identification, translation and dissemination, and evidence generation. HHS secretary-funded projects, on the other hand, fall into one of four categories such as research and data infrastructure.
“Patient-centered outcomes research will give patients the information they need to talk with their doctors about their options for medical treatment,” said Carolyn Clancy, AHRQ's director, in the release. “The findings of this research also will strengthen our healthcare system by ensuring that the care that is delivered is based on the best possible evidence and informed decisions.”
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