Year Published: 2013

Time to Complete: 75 min

Instructor: Peter Neumann, ScD, Ethan M. Balk, MD, MPH, and Joshua T. Cohen, PhD

Learning Level: Fundamental

Primary Audience: Researchers

Prerequisite: None

Skills Domain: Scientific Concepts and Research Design

What information is most needed by patients and providers to make informed health care decisions?

Learn from experts in risk evaluation and evidence synthesis about Methods for Prioritizing Research in Comparative Effectiveness Research.

Learning Objectives

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Explain the role of evidence prioritization in comparative effectiveness research
  • Describe the components of evidence prioritization
  • Identify the users and producers of evidence prioritization
  • Define how AHRQ conducts evidence prioritization
  • Discuss how the value of information assists with evidence prioritization as part of health technology assessment

Content Outline

  • How to Prioritize Resources in Research - Value of Information
  • Example: Institute of Medicine (IOM) Priority List
  • Prioritizing Cost-Effectiveness Analyses
  • Evidence Prioritization in Action – How AHRQ Does it
  • How AHRQ Select Systematic Review Topics
  • Future Research Needs Prioritization & Research Gaps
  • Example: CER Prioritization - Self-Measured Blood Pressure
  • Determining Value of Information
  • Decision Problem- Should Drug Be Approved
  • Simple Example: Decision Options
  • Realistic Example: Decision Options
  • Figuring Out Value of Information
  • Recap: Value of Information


  • Lecture Slide Deck (PDF)

Course Evaluation

  • Post-Course Evaluation
  • Course Completion Verification
 This Course is Free