Where Knowledge Informs Change
Challenging Questions Provocative Answers Enlightened Solutions
These are the hallmarks of The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice (formerly CECS - the Center for the Evaluative Clinical Sciences.) For 30 years, Institute members have asked questions no one else was asking: Is more medical care always better? Why do patients in some regions do better although they receive fewer medical interventions? What causes these geographical variations in rates of care? Can there be such a thing as too much diagnosis? Is the money we are spending on health care - now $2 trillion per year - being used effectively?
These questions were at first considered heretical. But in the last three decades, the work of Jack Wennberg and others at the Institute has proven to be among the most prescient and valuable in establishing a new understanding of our health care system and what works and what doesn't.
Today, under the leadership of Institute Director Dr. James N. Weinstein, the Institute has embraced an ambitious mission: to be the preeminent research and educational institution devoted to the reform of the U.S. health care system. Our vision: to achieve a patient-centered, high quality, cost-effective health care system with access and excellence for all.
The clinician scholars, epidemiologists, economists, social scientists, statisticians, and others who make up the diverse faculty of the Institute are devising solutions, offering policy changes, and proving through demonstration how health care can be delivered more effectively, with better outcomes, improved patient and provider satisfaction, and at less cost.
At the same time, we are educating and training new kinds of health care leaders, informing and involving patients and providers in solutions, teaching journalists and others who report on health care, building innovative partnerships to advance real reform.
As it has done over the past three decades the Institute will continue to seek constant improvement by asking the tough questions, evaluating the best evidence, and innovating and devising solutions while working through the necessary implementation that will allow for real and sustained cost effective change to occur.
Changing the status quo, especially in a complex and entrenched system, isn't easy, but it's exciting and it's necessary. The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice is at the epicenter of that change.
The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice has:
An Ambitious Mission:
The Institute aspires to be the preeminent research and educational institution devoted to the ongoing reform of the U.S. health care system.
An Altruistic Vision:
To achieve a patient-centered, high-quality, cost-effective health care system with access and excellence for all.
A Unique Culture:
Colleagues who embrace the hard-hitting questions, are independent in their evaluation, form innovative partnerships, and seek enlightened solutions to test widely held assumptions, inform and involve patients, and empower providers to play an integral role in achieving change, while providing a vibrant educational environment.