Biostatistical Science Program Colloquium Series: Effectiveness Research
Posted May 7, 2009
“Effectiveness Research: Bridging the Observational-Experimental Gap”
Philip Lavori, Ph.D.
May 26, 2009, 4:00pm – 5:00pm
With effectiveness research on the front burner, $1 billion in new funding, the prospect of a Universal Electronic Health Record in the near future, a newly revitalized AHRQ, IOM recommendations in the offing, and the prospect of re-engineered health care financing with evidence-based medicine part of the package, what could go wrong? In short, nearly everything. I will explore the observational/experimental divide, describe how the lack of a ‘theory of reconciliation’ plays into the hands of those who will oppose any consequential decision-making, and outline a few preliminary steps toward a less adversarial mode of joint inference from experiments and observational studies. I will end with a few risky proposals that might be worth some attention, regarding reintegration of experimental clinical research and clinical care as part of the structure of the health care system of the future.
For additional information on this colloquium or on the Harvard Catalyst Biostatistical Science Program Colloquium Series, contact Elizabeth Jones (E-mail).