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Health Aff (Millwood). 2010 Nov;29(11):2091-7. doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.2010.0846. Epub 2010 Oct 5.

How the Recovery Act's Federal Coordinating Council paved the way for the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute.

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  • 1James M. Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, USA.


The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 provided $1.1 billion for comparative effectiveness research and established the Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research to direct that investment. The council laid a critical foundation for comparative effectiveness research in the steps it took to gather information, invite public input, set priorities, coordinate project solicitations, and stress the importance of evaluating research investments. Although the council has been superseded by a successor--the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute--the experiences of the council can and should inform the work of the new institute as it begins its operations.

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