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Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care

The Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care project is a funded research effort of the faculty of the Center for the Evaluative Clinical Sciences at Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. The Atlas project brings together researchers in diverse disciplines - including epidemiology, economics, and statistics - and focuses on the accurate description of how medical resources are distributed and used in the United States.

Using very large health care claims databases (including Medicare, Blue Cross organizations, and other sources of data) makes it possible to answer some very fundamental questions about the health care "system" in the United States - including the question of whether we really have a system at all.

Among the most notable findings of the Dartmouth Atlas project has been the documentation of remarkable differences in how Americans use health care resources, and the influence of the local supply of resources on the rates of use of those resources. In brief, the kind of health care you get can depend very much on where you happen to live.

The Dartmouth Atlas project has published a series of books. The text of several editions of the Atlas can be read here or downloaded; other editions in the Atlas series can be ordered from the publisher. This site is intended to provide an additional means of access to the data used in our publications, the faculty involved in Atlas research, and the ability to use our data to ask your own questions.
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