Comparative Effectiveness Research Working Group

  1. Introduction: The goals of the AUR Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER) Working Group are to:

    • Provide resources to radiologists who want to take part in CER
    • Build CER research collaborations between institutions
    • Support CER projects that have the potential to get grant funded

On this page, you will find a collection of useful resources for radiologists who are interested in CER. We have organized this page into two sections. The first section, “Beginner level,” is for individuals who want to learn more about the basics of CER. This contains a collection of introductory CER articles. The second section, “Advanced level,” is for radiologists who want to pursue advanced training in CER and/or want to begin performing CER. This section contains links to available CER training programs as well as resources that can be used for research.

This page will be continually updated with new information and resources. If you have a resource that you think would be useful for CE researchers and is not included, please send your suggestion to

  1. Committee members: Tharakeswara Bathala, Kirsteen Burton, Dhakshina M. Ganeshan, Lars Grimm, Jeffrey Jarvik, Hansel Otero, Etta Pisano, James Rawson, Andrew Ross, Alexandra Roudenko, Naveen Subhas, Robert Ward, Soterios Gyftopoulos (chair),
  1. Resources

    1. Beginner level

      1. Articles
    2. Advanced level

      1. i. Online databases for outcomes research





    Imaging  Data

    AHRQ datasets Free General level imaging data

    Medical Expenditure Panel Survey


    HCUP datasets

    Regular Pricing $350-1,000
    per year Student pricing
    $50-100 per year

    Specific imaging
    data including
    HCPCS codes

    Nationwide Inpatient Survey (NIS)

    Nationwide Emergency Department Sample (NEDS)

    Kids’ Inpatient Database (KID)

    Nationwide Readmission Database (NRD)


    CDC datasets

    Public-use data files are free.
    Restricted data is subject to a
    proposal approval and
    management fees of ~$3,000.

    Varies by dataset.   
    Most contain
    general level
    imaging data

    National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NAMCS)

    National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NHAMCS)

    National Hospital Discharge Survey (NHDS)

    National Survey of Ambulatory Surgery (NHHCS)


      1. ii. Society webpages