U.S. Health System Performance & Policy

Health Policy Research at The Dartmouth Institute blends teaching, research, outreach and policy development to educate and inform. Through innovative initiatives and broad collaboration, The Institute is a force for changing the delivery, access and financing of health care in America. We ponder critical, previously unasked questions. Is more necessarily better? What is the "right" size of the physician workforce? Are we guilty of too much diagnosis of disease?

Home to the Dartmouth Atlas Project, the Institute has expanded its work on geographic variation to document the underuse of effective care, misuse of preference-sensitive care, and overuse of supply-sensitive care in the U.S. health care system. The faculty at the Institute is instrumental in revealing that forces besides scientific advances and public demand have contributed to the crisis in American health care over the last quarter of the 20th century.

Our research work in the U.S. Health Performance focuses on:

knowledge informs change