LECOM joins AHRQ Partnership in national health improvement initiative

LECOM joins AHRQ Partnership in national health improvement initiative

As an advocate for evidence-based research and informed decision making, LECOM School of Pharmacy is an official partner of the Effective Health Care Program at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the lead Federal agency charged with improving the quality, safety, efficiency and effectiveness of health care for all Americans. Under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, AHRQ supports health services research to improve the quality of health care and promote evidence-based decision making.

Which Test is Best? Which Medication is Right for Me? Should I Have Surgery?

Patients often face complicated decisions, such as which test is best, which medicine will help most with the fewest side effects, or whether surgery is the best option. Every patient is different, and each should make informed choices based on individual needs.

Patient centered outcomes research, also known as comparative effectiveness research, compares drugs, medical devices, tests, surgeries, or ways to deliver health care. Research summaries made available through AHRQ’s Effective Health Care Program are designed to help clinicians and patients compare a variety of health care interventions and treatments and understand the benefits, harms, and side effects. Free guides are also available to help patients be prepared for their medical appointments and work together with clinicians to determine the best treatment option.

LECOM School of Pharmacy will continue to connect you with valuable summaries allowing you to compare treatment options, as well as the opportunity to help improve patient care by participating in the research development process. Resources are also available for a number of chronic disease and conditions, including cardiovascular and related diseases, diabetes, arthritis, digestive conditions, cancer and women’s health.

Patient Resources

Patient Guides – Available in English and Spanish

Healthcare 411

Explore Your Treatment Options

Your Health Priorities Tool

Examples of Available Arthritis Summaries

Osteoarthritis of the Knee: A Guide for Adults

Rheumatoid Arthritis Medicines: A Guide for Adults

Choosing Pain Medicine For Osteoarthritis

DMARDs for Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis: A Review of the Research for Parents and Caregivers

Clinician Resources

Clinician Guides

Research Reports and Reviews

Free CE/CE Modules – Free continuing education credits for pharmacists, physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, medical assistants, case managers and health education specialists


Faculty Slides

Research Available for Public Comment

Pharmacist CME/CE Activities

Guidance for Informed and Shared Decision Making about Diagnostic Tools and Treatments for Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Comparative Effectiveness of Therapies for Clinically Localized Prostate Cancer: Weighing the Options
Free copies of the patient and clinician guides can be ordered by calling 800-358-9295 and using code C-01.

To learn more, visit the Effective Health Care Program and the national partnership network.

The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine offers innovative and affordable education in osteopathic medicine, dentistry and pharmacy. From campuses in Erie, Pennsylvania, Greensburg, Pennsylvania and Bradenton, Florida, LECOM believes that when mind, body and spirit come together the impossible becomes suddenly possible. It is a calling each and every one of our students embodies to become.