Comparative Effectiveness Resources

Partnering for Patients and Physicians

MAOPS is excited to be an official partner of the Effective Health Care Program at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). The program offers members and their patients FREE healthcare tools and evidence-based summaries designed to provide information about patient centered outcomes research, also known as comparative effectiveness research. This research compares drugs, medical devices, tests, surgeries, or ways to deliver healthcare. Research summaries made available through AHRQ's Effective Health Care Program are designed to help clinicians and patients compare a variety of healthcare interventions and treatments and understand the benefits, harms, and side effects. Free research summaries are also available to help patients prepare for their medical appointments and work together with clinicians to determine the best treatment options.  MAOPS is one of over 350 partners in the Effective Health Care Program nationwide.


Diseases and Conditions Addressed

The Effective Helath Care Porgram focuses on 14 priority health conditions. They include: Breathing Conditions; Cancer; Developmental Delays, ADHD and Autism; Diabetes; Genitourinary Conditions; Gynecology; Heart and Blood Vessel Conditions; Infectious Diseases; Mental Health; Muscle, Bone, and Joint Conditions; Pediatrics; Pregnancy and Childbirth; and Renal Disease.


Resources Available

Research Summaries

  • Includes summaries of research on a variety of diseases including diabetes and heart disease. Many consumer summaries are also available in Spanish.

CME Modules

  • FREE Continuing Medical Education activities are offered by different credit providers, each having unique requirements for earning a credit certificate or a certificate of participation. Please review their requirements carefully. AOA members can earn category 2-B CME if the module is presented by an allopathic physician. If presented by an osteopathic physician the credit will be 1-B. To receive the AOA credit, the physician must complete the CME module, obtain a certificate of completion, and submit it to the AOA.

Slide Sets

  • This Slide Library contains talks for educating clinicians, researchers and other health professionals in training. Each talk contains speaker notes, references, and key words to find slides on a similar topic. Download individual talks or search the Slide Library to assemble and download custom presentations


  • Webcasts are offered periodically to bring researchers, methodologists,a nd clinicians together to discuss research findings and their impact.. A library of webcasts is available through this link.