Translating Information on Comparative Effectiveness into Practice

Project: Research project

Project Details


DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): In recent years, there has been significant interest and investment for conducting comparative effectiveness research (CER) of medical treatments for common medical conditions. AHRQ has invested a significant amount of money and resources to advance CER. However, little is known about translating the findings from CER into practice. CER of diabetes treatments suggests that all medications are similar in their effects on glycemic control, but there is variability in side-effects, which may affect medication adherence and treatment intensification. Greater patient involvement in making decisions, facilitated by decision aids, may enhance the quality of diabetes care by enhancing the patient-provider communication and improving the uptake and adherence to the medication that is consistent in their features and goals with patients'values and preferences. To promote patient involvement in this decision, we have developed and conducted a pilot randomized trial of a decision -- the Diabetes Medication Choice cards decision aid. In this application, we aim to assess methods and strategies for translating the findings from the CER on oral diabetes medications into primary care practices by conducting a practical cluster randomized trial. We will assess patient adherence to medications and success in reaching glycemic control goal. In conjunction with this trial, we will apply the Normalization Process Theory and mixed methods research (qualitative and quantitative) to identify factors that promote the incorporation of decisions aids for translating CER into routine clinical workflow for providers. We will also explore how this theory may enable patients to incorporate their choice into their daily routines. At the completion of this trial, we will gain insight into the use of decision aids as a strategy for the translation of CER into practice. This research will also identify factors that allow for successful implementation into practice. Finally, we will better understand the impact of patient involvement in the decision on treatment adherence.
Effective start/end date9/30/097/31/14


  • National Institutes of Health
  • National Institutes of Health
  • National Institutes of Health


  • Medicine(all)


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