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Office for Cancer Comparative Effectiveness Research

The Office for Cancer Comparative Effectiveness Research is an inter-programmatic office at Norris Cotton Cancer Center that was established in 2009 to promote and facilitate the conduct of comparative effectiveness research (CER) in cancer.

The Institute of Medicine defines CER as "…the generation and synthesis of evidence that compares the benefits and harms of alternative methods to prevent, diagnose, treat, and monitor a clinical condition or to improve the delivery of care."

CER is conducted at the interface between clinical research and health services research and makes use of data from diverse sources.

Diagram: CER at the Interface Between Clinical and Health Services Research

The Office for Cancer Comparative Effectiveness Research interacts with Norris Cotton Cancer Center Research Programs and Shared Resources, and other Dartmouth Research Centers. It promotes CER by providing access to methodological expertise and by facilitating access to diverse data resources including administrative claims data and registry data. The Office also supports a CER Pilot Grant program within the Cancer Center and the multi-institutional Center for Comparative Effectiveness Research in Cancer Imaging.