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Comparative Effectiveness Research and Evidence-Based Decision Making Across Four Countries: The U.K., Germany, France, and Australia


France, Germany, Australia, United Kingdom

Australia, France, Germany, and the United Kingdom all have set up agencies to ensure that their investments in health care, including medications, treatments, and new medical technologies, are yielding ‘value for money’ and to assist health care providers in improving their clinical practice. The Commonwealth Fund has just published a new series of issue briefs examining the comparative effectiveness efforts in each country. The issue briefs are: 

Also available is a series of videos featuring comparative-effectiveness experts from these four nations: former Harkness fellow Kalipso Chalkidou, M.D., Ph.D., , Director, Policy Consulting, U.K.'s National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE); Sir Michael Rawlins, Chairman of  NICE; Professor Emeritus Lloyd Sansom, AO, Chair, the Australian Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) ; Laurent Degos, M.D., Ph.D.,  Chair,  the French National Authority for Health (Haute Autorité de Santé, or HAS); and Peter Sawicki, M.D., Ph.D., Director, Germany's Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care.

Publication Details

Publication Date: July 23, 2009