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Reforming Health Care: Third Brief in New Series Looks at Evidence-Based Practice

Media Advisory: May 10, 2010

Contact: Amy Berridge, (609) 945-3378

What does the evidence show? Federal reform embraces the development of evidence-based practice as a way to control health care costs and improve quality. The third brief in a new series from Mathematica reviews initiatives under way to develop evidence of comparative effectiveness and put it into practice.

The process of health care reform will require ongoing, creative thinking and vigorous dialogue among all stakeholders on important issues. Mathematica’s new series is intended to help policymakers understand the research base for the critical choices they will make in implementing the federal health reform law.

Forthcoming topics will include disease management, financial incentives, medical homes, and other topics. To access all the titles in this series, click here.

"Basing Health Care on Empirical Evidence"
Jill Bernstein, Deborah Chollet, and Stephanie Peterson

About Mathematica: Mathematica Policy Research, a nonpartisan research firm, provides a full range of research and data collection services, including program evaluation and policy research, survey design and data collection, research assessment and interpretation, and program performance/data management, to improve public well-being. Its clients include federal and state governments, foundations, and private-sector and international organizations. The employee-owned company, with offices in Princeton, N.J., Ann Arbor, Mich., Cambridge, Mass., Chicago, Ill., Oakland, Calif., and Washington, D.C., has conducted some of the most important studies of health care, international, disability, education, family support, employment, nutrition, and early childhood policies and programs.