Comparative Effectiveness Research: Challenges for Medical Journals

  • Harold C. Sox,

    Affiliation: Dartmouth Institute, Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, New Hampshire, United States of America

  • Mark Helfand mail,

    Affiliation: Portland VA Medical Center and Department of Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, Oregon, United States of America

  • Jeremy Grimshaw,

    Affiliation: Clinical Epidemiology Program, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

  • Kay Dickersin,

    Affiliation: Department of Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America

  • the PLoS Medicine Editors,
  • David Tovey,

    Affiliation: The Cochrane Library, London, United Kingdom

  • J. AndrĂ© Knottnerus,

    Affiliation: Department of General Practice, University of Maastricht, Maastricht, The Netherlands

  • Peter Tugwell

    Affiliation: Departments of Medicine, and Epidemiology and Community Medicine, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

  • Published: April 27, 2010
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1000269

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Gary Goland

Posted by gary01 on 28 Apr 2010 at 01:43 GMT

It would have been good to see acknowledgement of the contribution of causes of poor health. Other elements that lead to the need for health service, and not just comment on the quality of service delivery. I believe the ineffectiveness in other areas, such as controlling the causes such as OH&S or pollution, should be part of any editorial discussion relating the evaluation of health service. Causes after all, are a direct connection to an extraordinary burden on the Health of our communities.

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