Social Work Research and Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER): A Research Symposium to Strengthen the Connection

Final report and agenda for action now available.

On November 16, 2009 the Social Work Policy Institute (SWPI) convened a think tank meeting, Social Work Research and Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER): A Research Symposium to Strengthen the Connection. This symposium examine how the social work profession might best contribute to the expanding attention to CER and developed an agenda for action that addresses areas for further social work research, training of researchers, interdisciplinary collaborations, research/practice connections, and communication and outreach efforts.

In the March 24, 2010 Washington Post NIH Director Francis Collins is quoted as saying that the inclusion of comparative effectiveness research is the most significant thing he was glad to see in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

(http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/03/23/AR2010032304094.html).

Thus, the release of this report is particularly timely. The recommendations steps outlined in the report identify strategies that can be undertaken by national organizations and in academic settings; through collaborations with federal agencies and through promotion of practice-research linkages. The report also identifies recommended actions specifically related to CER methods. View the Final Report, Executive Summary or Brief Overview.