Observational Study Guidance Needed For CER – Vanderbilt’s Harrell
With members of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute’s Methodology Committee expected to be named by early in 2011, one area where they could start to improve comparative effectiveness research is in providing solid guidance for conducting observational studies.
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