PHII to offer workshop at the Institute for Health and Productivity Management Meeting, April 8, 2009

Title: Comparative Effectiveness: The New Evaluation Paradigm for Employer Value-Based Health Care

Workshop Leader: Thomas Wilson, PhD, DrPH

Summary: It’s the new buzz term in Washington – “Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER)” – with the CER “experts” charged to “separate the wheat from the chaff.”  Laudable goal, but does it meet reality?  And will the results be definitive?

If the methods are not fully transparent,  we cannot answer these questions.  IHPM is offering an exciting Wednesday afternoon workshop from 2:00 p.m. -3:30 p.m. to help sort all this out, led by Tom Wilson, PhD, epidemiologist and Chairman of the non-profit Population Health Impact Institute (PHII) that IHPM actually helped to launch five years ago in Orlando!

The workshop will teach you how to open the “black box” of unrevealed and differing evaluation methods that lie behind the claims of health and productivity management programs – using the “Methods Evaluation Process [TM]” – a well-vetted, peer-reviewed set of understandable and easily applied guidelines to what methods should be transparent (and which not)  in comparative effectiveness assessments of workplace programs.  And you will receive a certificate for attending the workshop. 

As a preview of what to expect, you can read Dr. Wilson’s article The Transparency Movement in IHPM’s Health & Productivity Management magazine (Vol . 4, No. 3). 

To register for this workshop, included in your IHPM conference registration at no extra charge, please email or

Friends of PHII are eligible to attend the IHPM conference at the IHPM member discounted rate.