CER: The Online Symposium April-May 2010

A Special Online Symposium

Comparative Effectiveness Research & Integrative Medicine

Held on the Web: April 12 through April 30, 2010

This unique interactive event brought together more than 80 stakeholders from around the world and from diverse fields who are involved in integrative medicine and practice, including researchers, clinicians, and patient advocates. The online discussions followed the one-day meeting “Complementary and Integrative Medicine (CIM): Stakeholder Symposium” which TIIH co-hosted in November 2009 in Baltimore with the Center for Medical Technology Policy (CMTP).

The online discussion was organized into three major themes; a week-long focused and moderated session was devoted to each. The asynchronous format allowed participants to read and enter their own comments when it was convenient for them to do so.

Week One, April 12-16:

“CER, Integrative Medicine & Stakeholder Decision-Making”

Moderated by Delia Chiaramonte, MD; patient advocate Trisha Torrey; and Riaz Ali, MPP.
Discussion topics:

Physician-patient Collaboration

Medical Education and CER

Gaps in Medical Knowledge?

Insurers and Palliative Care

CER and the Alignment of Incentives

Who Knows Best?

Week Two, April 19-23:

“CER Methodology & Integrative Medicine”

Moderated by Andy Avins, MD, MPH; Margaret Chesney, PhD; and Claudia Witt, MD, MBA.
Discussion topics:

Hierarchies of Research Design

Gaps in Evidence

Choosing the Right Study Intervention

Creative Ideas for Improving Integrative Medicine Research

Week Three, April 26-30:

“CER, Cost-Effectiveness & Integrative Medicine”

Moderated by Ken Pelletier, PhD, MD(hc); Patricia Herman, ND, PhD; and Lori Knudson, RN, BSN, HN-BC.
Discussion topics:

Models and Approaches for Study

Clinical Relevance and Limits

Implications for Research Investment

Implications for Policy and Payment

The Internet Challenge – Send in Your Best Evidence!

Transcript Is Available for Review

The comments in each discussion topic are now available as they were posted during the Symposium. You will also find Moderator Biographies, a Resources Section (with description and links to research papers, reports and other supporting sources) and a Participant List.

To review the discussions, please go to the Symposium Entry Page and use the following:

    User ID: tiihguestPassword: tiihguest

    Video of a Panel Discussion from the Stakeholder Symposium in Baltimore, November 2009

    At the conclusion of the November 2009 symposium, a video round table took place that involved several of the participants including:

    Brian Berman of TIIH; Sean Tunis of CMTP; Margaret Chesney of UCSF; Harold Sox of Dartmouth Medical School; Ian Coulter of RAND; George Leweth of Aldermoor Health Centre, England; Claudia Witt of Charite University Medical Center in Berlin (and a co-moderator of the online symposium session on CER Methodology); Janet Kahn of the Integrated Healthcare Policy Consortium.

    Click on the video (35 minutes): (Below: Hal Sox and Claudia Witt.)


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