Introduction to Real-World Data and Real-World Evidence: ​Training Series

This series gives a broad overview of real-world data and real-world evidence, what it is, how it is used in decision-making, and how it will impact the patient community.

Real-World Evidence Glossary

Plain language definitions of terms important for understanding real-world data and real-world evidence. Check out this infographic on collecting and analyzing real-world data and real-world evidence.

What is the PICOTS Framework?

PICOTS is an acronym that stands for the key parts of a research question. This infographic can help anyone create clearly defined and specific research questions.

An infographic that provides definitions and describes when there are overlaps and differences.

Writing for Everyone

This infographic gives tips on how to present information in a clear and understandable way. The information is adapted from and

This paper provides guidance for researchers about how patient input can be applied to develop patient-centered real-world evidence. It also provides recommendations for disseminating research to the patient community. Watch a corresponding webinar here. The RWD Research Design Framework is available as a standalone document here.

On July 31, 2017, the National Health Council (NHC) brought together a multi-stakeholder roundtable, with patient advocacy groups representing the majority of participants, to elicit views on RWE: 1. Definitions and uses; 2. Characteristics needed for RWE to be understood and trusted; and 3. Skillsets and tools needed by patients. Read the peer-reviewed publication here and white paper here.

In 2019, the Pfizer–Bristol Myers Squibb Alliance partnered with the National Health Council and the Arrhythmia Alliance to engage with people diagnosed with atrial fibrillation (AF). This publication presents the approaches and learnings from this process. It can serve as a case study for researchers interested in engaging patients on RWE.

This primer introduces registries sponsored by specialty societies and describes their importance in the US health system. Patients and caregivers are essential in registries and expand the movement toward patient-centeredness. This was developed by the Council of Medical Specialty Societies in partnership with the National Health Council.

View all recent NHC staff presentations and interviews about Real-World Evidence and Real-World Data, here.  

The NHC partnered with the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy to develop the RWE Classroom.

This training is funded through a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute® (PCORI®) Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Award (16203-NHC).

A special thank you to the PhRMA Foundation for research support, the NHC’s RWE sponsors Amgen and Eli Lilly and Co. and PCORI RWE Advisory Board members.

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