The Division of Clinical Research's Comparative Effectiveness Research Unit supports researchers that seek to improve the clinical practice of medicine and population health.

The Division of Clinical Research's Comparative Effectiveness Research Unit (CERU) has two main objectives:

  1. To support clinical research aimed to improve the clinical practice of medicine and population health;
  2. To provide mentorship and advice to those seeking academic research careers in clinical epidemiology and effectiveness

The CERU focuses specifically on the "Second Translational Block" that exists between clinical trial and other research results and the implementation of their advances to improve clinical practice and public health.

The principal activity of the CERU has been research mentoring for Mass General trainees and faculty at all levels. We provide advice and support for research that addresses a spectrum of approaches and topics from disease pathogenesis to the effectiveness, efficiency, and equity of health care delivery and delivery systems.

Our clinical effectiveness consultations foster careers of junior faculty and support hypothesis-driven research, including operational evaluations that improve patient outcomes through changes in systemic, patient and provider behavior.