Comparative Effectiveness Research in Musculoskeletal Imaging

Shadpour Demehri, Michael P. Recht, Christoph I. Lee

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The primary goal of comparative effectiveness research (CER) is to define the optimal choice among alternative diagnostic and interventional strategies for a given clinical scenario among major stakeholders in the health care system. In an era where health care decision makers are demanding greater evidence of improved patient outcomes from the use of medical technologies, musculoskeletal (MSK) imagers must be more engaged in generating quality CER. We provide an overview of CER and its expanding role in U.S. health care, the current funding environment for CER and MSK imaging, potential areas for CER in MSK radiology, and a discussion of foreseeable challenges for CER in MSK imaging.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number00929
Pages (from-to)17-22
Number of pages6
JournalSeminars in Musculoskeletal Radiology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1 2017


  • comparative effectiveness research
  • cost-effectiveness analysis
  • musculoskeletal imaging
  • outcomes research
  • patient-centered radiology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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