Patient with painful knee
Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER) – a federal agency created by the Patient Protection Affordable Care Act to inform healthcare decision-making by providing evidence on the effectiveness, benefits, and harms based on research studies comparing drugs, medical devices, tests, surgeries, and ways to deliver care.
AHRQ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
April 15, 2012
Knee: I am the human knee. Who are you?
Knee: But I want to have the surgery. I want to live a normal life. I want to be pain-free, just like my friends and relatives who have had their knees replaced. Besides, Medicare pays for it.
Or do what other countries do – get in line and wait months to have it done. That’s what the United Kingdom (U.K.) does, through a national agency called NICE, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, which provides guidelines to assure high quality care. NICE is from the government, and you can always trust government experts.