About Comparative Effectiveness Research

We facilitate research to improve clinical treatment decisions and public health for diverse populations. We educate clinician-scientists in a range of CER methods.

Comparative effectiveness research (CER) is designed to improve health care decision-making by providing evidence about the effectiveness, benefits and harms of different treatment options. CER is the generation and synthesis of evidence that compares the benefits and harms of alternative methods to prevent, diagnose, treat and monitor a clinical condition, or to improve the delivery of care.

Focused on relative effectiveness, we provide investigators:

  • consultation on pilots
  • consultation/pilot data for external funding
  • education and training
  • subsidized access to secondary databases

Office Hours

Have questions about working with healthcare claims data?
CER hosts open office hours on the first and third Monday of each month from 2:00 - 3:00 PM in Brinkhous-Bullitt 218.

As the COVID-19 situation continues to develop in North Carolina and around the world, we will be following the university’s lead and adjusting our event scheduling as needed. We have decided to make all office hours webinar-only for the months of March and April.

Please visit UNC-Chapel Hill’s dedicated coronavirus updates webpage for Carolina’s most recent announcements regarding the COVID-19 situation.

More Information

What is Comparative Effectiveness Research?

Resources, Programs & Seminars

Available Databases for CER

Data Linkage

Examples of CER Studies

Stakeholder Engagement

CER Leadership & Mentors


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