About Us


  The National Resource Center for Academic Detailing (NaRCAD) is an initiative supported by an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality  grant housed in the Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics in the Department of Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Our goal is to promote the use of evidence-based medicine by […]

Our Mission


To promote the use of evidence based medicine and improve patient health outcomes by supporting the  establishment and growth of academic detailing programs. -provide training and support to health care organizations to establish effective academic detailing programs. -work with partner organizations to develop academic detailing program templates which can be adopted by others -sustain a network of programs sharing best […]

Our Services


Needs Assessment We work with each program to perform a needs assessment to identify resources required to implement an academic detailing program.  We also work with available data to determine areas of greatest potential clinical practice improvement (Learn more) Program Planning and Implementation Support NaRCAD provides advice and identifies options for the mechanics of program […]


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Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics
Department of Medicine
Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School
419 Boylston Street, Floor 6
Boston, MA 02116



  • Michael Fischer - NPC Interview

    Mike Fischer was interviewed by the National Pharmaceutical Council (NPC) on Thursday, October 11 about academic detailing and how it is used in practice.

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    Check out Mike Fischer and Jerry Avorn’s new article in Health Affairs “Academic detailing can play a key role in assessing and implementing comparative effectiveness research findings.” http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23048098 Abstract: Comparative effectiveness research evaluates the relative effectiveness, safety, and value of competing treatment options in clinically realistic settings. Such evaluations can be methodologically complex and difficult […]

  • The LCCCP participants and their facilitators at the end of the training session

    On April 30 & May 1, 2012, in Boston, NaRCAD held its third training session on how to be an academic detailer.  Participants came from varying medical and educational backgrounds and had different goals for the session, but all wanted to improve their communication and social marketing techniques.   Participants represented a wide range of […]

  • November 2011 How to be an Academic Detailer and Diabetes Clinical Training Sessions Academic Detailing Training: November 7 & 8, 2011, NaRCAD held a training session with 17 participants from 11 different programs including state medicaid, health plan, and university academic detailing programs to teach them how to be academic detailers. They were trained in […]

  • AboutAD

    We held our first training session on how to be an academic detailer on June 7 & 8, 2011 with 16 representatives from 9 different programs.  Some in attendance were new to academic detailing, while some had been practicing it for years.  The session was a great success. Comments from attendees include: “I would recommend […]