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Free Research Summaries, Modules, Webcasts and More Made Available to Both Patients and Physicians through the Effective Health Care Program

Comparative Effectiveness Resources

  • This research compares drugs, medical devices, tests, surgeries or ways to deliver healthcare. Research summaries made available through AHRQ's Effective Health Care Program are designed to help clinicians and patients compare a variety of healthcare interventions and treatments and understand the benefits, harms and side effects.
  • Free research summaries are also available to help patients prepare for their medical appointments and work together with clinicians to determine the best treatment options. MAOPS is one of over 350 partners in the Effective Health Care Program nationwide.
  • The program focuses on 14 priority health conditions:  breathing; cancer; developmental delays; ADHD and Autism; diabetes; genitourinary conditions; gynecology; heart and blood vessel; infectious disease; mental health; muscle, bone and joint; pediatrics; pregnancy and childbirth; and renal disease.

Research Summaries

  • Includes summaries of research on a variety of diseases.


  • FREE Continuing Medical Education (CME) activities are offered by different credit providers, each having unique requirements for earning a credit certificate or a certificate of participation. 

  • AOA members can earn category 2-B CME if the module is presented by an allopathic physician. If presented by an osteopathic physician, the credit will be 1-B.

  • To receive the AOA credit, the physician must complete the CME module, obtain a certificate of completion, and submit it to the AOA.

Slide Sets

  • This Slide Library contains talks for educating clinicians, researchers and other health professionals in training. Each talk contains speaker notes, references, and keywords to find slides on a similar topic.
  • Download individual talks or search the Slide Library to assemble and download custom presentations


  • Webcasts are offered periodically to bring researchers, methodologists and clinicians together to discuss research findings, and their impact.
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