Health Care Research & Policy Leaders Join UCSF Symposium to Discuss Comparative Effectiveness Research and Health Care

National experts in health care research and policy will convene on Friday, January 29, to discuss how to take some of the guesswork out of doctors’ treatment decisions, with the goal of improving health care. The afternoon conference will be hosted by the UCSF Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) and the San Francisco Coordinating Center, which coordinates multicenter clinical studies. The event will take place from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the William J. Rutter Center on UCSF Mission Bay Campus, at 1675 Owens Street. The conference will address the topic of comparative-effectiveness research, a key component of current health-care reform efforts. The research is meant to address the lack of solid evidence comparing current treatments, how that type of information could be generated and compiled, and the obstacles inherent in research that compares two treatments or practices. “Currently, health care providers often choose among several treatments that have been shown to have some benefit,” said Deborah Grady, MD, MPH, a UCSF professor of medicine and co-director of CTSI. “But there is very little research that compares two or more treatments or systems of medical care to allow us to choose the best.” Keep reading