What This Resource Offers
Assessing the Evidence for Healthcare Decision Makers assists healthcare decision makers in reviewing the evidence of research studies used in health technology assessments and/or drug formulary decisions studies to determine if they are:
- Relevant to the setting/decision in question and
The study elements evaluated in these determinations include study validation, data, design, analysis, interpretation, reporting, and conflict of interest.
These interactive, Excel-based questionnaires include step-by-step instructions and:
- Can be downloaded and used when needed (see links below)
- Can be used for a study-specific assessment and then printed and/or saved
- Are editable in Excel by users to add/subtract questions or otherwise modify the study assessment if so desired
- Contain additional information (vocabulary, references, and step-by-step instructions)
Four versions of the interactive questionnaire are provided below to assess the following study types:
- Prospective observational studies
- Retrospective observational database studies
Healthcare information synthesis studies:
- Modeling studies
- Network meta-analysis/indirect treatment comparison studies
Download the Spreadsheets
Prospective Observational Studies
Retrospective Observational Studies
Network Meta-Analysis/Indirect Treatment Comparison Studies
Please note that to download these spreadsheets you need to log-in with your ISPOR user profile. If you do not yet have an ISPOR user profile established, you can create your free profile here (by clicking the green button at the top right of the webpage).
If you have any questions, please email us here.
Background and References
ISPOR, the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy, and the National Pharmaceutical Council joined forces to establish the Comparative Effectiveness Research Collaborative Initiative (CER-CI) for advancing appropriate use of CER to improve patient health outcomes. This collaboration led to 3 Good Practices Reports that are the basis for the questionnaires here.
Berger ML, Martin BC, Husereau D, et al. Questionnaire to assess the relevance and credibility of observational studies to inform health care decision making: An ISPOR-AMCP-NPC good practice task force report. Value Health. 2014;17:143-156.
Caro JJ, Eddy DM, Kan H, et al. A modeling study questionnaire to assess study relevance and credibility to inform health care decision making: an ISPOR-AMCP-NPC Good Practice Task Force report. Value Health. 2014;17:174–182.
Jansen JP, Trikalinos T, Cappelleri JC, et al. Indirect treatment comparison/network meta-analysis study questionnaire to assess relevance and credibility to inform health care decision making: An ISPOR-AMCP-NPC good practice task force Report. Value Health. 2014;17:157-173. The original “Assessing the Evidence” tool produced by the CER Collaborative was an on-line interactive tool that has now been replaced the downloadable spreadsheet questionnaires described above.