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Evidence for Equity Initiative

Families USA launched the Evidence for Equity Initiative to promote the need for representative and transparent evidence to help decision-makers implement health system transformation policies that advance health equity. The Initiative will synthesize, translate, and disseminate research findings of particular relevance to addressing disparities, with a special focus on patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR) and comparative effectiveness research (CER).

Why Is Better Evidence Important To Health Equity?

Health research trials are overwhelmingly white and male, meaning that approaches to care and treatment are most often developed with one audience in mind. Both PCOR and CER research expand the current evidence base to be more inclusive of race, ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic, and geographic diversity. By expanding the research base, the health care system may become more efficient, affordable, and equitable.

Improved Health Outcomes Depend On a Diversified and Transparent Evidence Base

Health system transformation seeks to improve health outcomes and reduce costs. Given that we are only one generation away from being a nation that is majority people of color, we will not be able to achieve these objectives without also solving for health equity. Decision-makers need representative and transparent evidence as they design new delivery and payment mechanisms, allocate resources to different programs, and implement new policies. The objective of the Evidence for Equity initiative is to ensure that PCOR and CER findings are synthesized, translated, and disseminated broadly, especially to policymakers, so that we can build a better, higher quality, more efficient, and equitable health care system that works for all of us.

This project is supported by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).