House proposes to defund AHRQ, PCORI

I’m posting this via my cell phone from a train, so forgive the lack of links. Just got word that the House has proposed to defund AHRQ and PCORI. Hit my Twitter feed for links to details (@afrakt).

My question for readers: what has AHRQ funded that you think makes it worthy of continuing (or not)? Let me hear it in the comments.

UPDATE: I (Aaron) feel like I should explicitly state my conflict of interest here. I have been funded in the past on grants from AHRQ, and I still am. Of course, I think that work is important, and it pains me to think that support for it, and work like it, might be stripped away. Below are a list of those grants:

1) COMPUTER AUTOMATED DEVELOPMENTAL SURVEILLANCE AND SCREENING (CADSS)

2) MALPRACTICE: IGNORED SPECIALTIES STUDY (MISS)

3) COMPUTER ASSISTED AUTISM CARE (CAAC)

4) INDIANA HEALTH SERVICES RESEARCH TRAINING PROGRAM

UPDATE 2: My (Austin) AHRQ-funded work has led to two publications (here and here) and one forthcoming (working paper here). Far more importantly, AHRQ funding helps support the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review, which runs the New England Comparative Effectiveness Public Advisory Council, of which I am a member. This is terribly important work, the challenges of which I wrote about here.

 

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