Nearly 100 of the nation's leading geriatricians, specialty physicians, and researchers who work to improve the health care of older adults convened to discuss Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER) and its impact on clinical geriatrics research in Bethesda, MD, November 2 to 3. The conference was hosted by the American Geriatrics Society's Research Committee and the Geriatrics-for-Specialties Initiative, with special funding from the John A. Hartford Foundation.

Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER) helps medical professionals determine the best way to deliver quality care to their patients by measuring the benefits and risks of medications, treatments, and procedures. As the nation's aging population continues to grow, it is essential for the medical community to understand how their patients' needs will change, especially those living with more than one chronic medical condition.

"We must continue to explore issues in Patient Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR) and its relevance to clinical geriatrics research," said Jeffery Silverstein, MD, Professor of Geriatrics and Palliative Care at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and Chair of the CER Conference Planning Committee. "This conference gave geriatricians and specialty physicians an opportunity to discuss knowledge gaps and barriers in this field, and what we need to do to develop better care and treatment for this population."

Presentations and roundtable discussions focused on geriatric syndromes, including diabetes, delirium, fatigue, pain, polypharmacy, and complications of comorbidity. The CER conference included keynote remarks from Richard Hodes, MD, Director of the National Institute on Aging, Carolyn M. Clancy, MD, Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research And Quality (AHRQ), and Michael S. Lauer, MD, Director of the Division of Prevention and Population Science at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI).

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