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Editorial

Comparative Effectiveness Research: Challenges for Medical Journals

  • Harold C. Sox,

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

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  • Mark Helfand mail,

    helfand@ohsu.edu

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

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  • Jeremy Grimshaw,

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

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  • Kay Dickersin,

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

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  • the PLoS Medicine Editors,
  • David Tovey,

    Affiliation: The Cochrane Library, London, United Kingdom

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  • J. André Knottnerus,

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

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  • Peter Tugwell

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

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

About the Authors

Harold C. Sox
Dartmouth Institute, Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, New Hampshire, United States of America
Mark Helfand
Portland VA Medical Center and Department of Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, Oregon, United States of America
Jeremy Grimshaw
Clinical Epidemiology Program, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Kay Dickersin
Department of Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America
David Tovey
The Cochrane Library, London, United Kingdom
J. André Knottnerus
Department of General Practice, University of Maastricht, Maastricht, The Netherlands
Peter Tugwell
Departments of Medicine, and Epidemiology and Community Medicine, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Corresponding Author

Email: helfand@ohsu.edu

Competing Interests

The PLoS Medicine Editors' competing interests are at http://www.plosmedicine.org/static/editorsInterests.action. PLoS is funded partly through manuscript publication charges, but the PLoS Medicine Editors are paid a fixed salary (their salary is not linked to the number of papers published in the journal). The other authors have declared no competing interests.

Author Contributions

ICMJE criteria for authorship read and met: HCS MH JG KD VB JC SJ LP EV DT AK PT. Agree with the manuscript's results and conclusions: HCS MH JG KD VB JC SJ LP EV DT AK PT. Wrote the first draft of the paper: HCS. Contributed to the writing of the paper: HCS MH JG KD VB JC SJ LP EV DT AK PT.