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Within the first three weeks of the French Ministry of Health releasing its first-ever health care atlas this past fall, the report was downloaded over 75,000 times, according to Zeynep Or, research director at the French research institute Irdes, and co-author of the report. The full report, “Atlas of Medical Practice Variations: The Use of Ten Common Surgical Procedures,”…

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New Dartmouth Institute-led study takes an in-depth look at the priorities of families of children with complex medical needs during hospital-to-home transitions For children with medical complexity, or complex medical needs, the transition from hospital-to-home can be fraught with risk. While national health policy recommends that new patients and families be actively involved in discharge…

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The Dartmouth Institute's founding class of online Master of Public Health students returned to Hanover, Dec. 12-15, 2016, for their second residential period in the program. Not only did they get a chance to meet more faculty and dive deep into data analysis with stata and biostatistics, they also shared initial work begun on their practicum projects. Designed to give students an…

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Find out everything you need to know to apply to Dartmouth's Master of Public Health and MS in Healthcare Research programs, and get tips for preparing a standout application! Join us Monday, December 19, 2016 from 12-1 p.m. ET for a virtual information session to learn more. Marc Aquila, Senior Director of Admissions & Recruiting, will also give an overview of our MPH…

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Q&A with Devin Parker, MS ’14 For Dartmouth Institute alumna Devin Parker, MS ’14, the opportunity to collaborate on a published article with renowned pediatric care researcher Dr. David Goodman, MD, MS, was a milestone in her career. What started as Parker’s capstone research on studying the rates of ear tube insertions to treat children with ear infections evolved…

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Health care leaders and policy makers agree that in order to improve health outcomes and lower costs, we have to address patients’ nonmedical needs. Estimates suggest that 40-90% of health outcomes are attributable to social, behavioral, and economic factors, such as homelessness or food insecurity. For example, a study of chronically homeless adults with severe alcohol problems showed…

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One afternoon several months ago, Dartmouth researcher Sarah Pratt received a phone call she didn’t expect. Brian Collins, who heads up a behavioral health and developmental services organization in Strafford County in New Hampshire, had a proposal he wanted to discuss with her. Collins had previously been part of a statewide research effort that Pratt and her colleagues at…

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Dartmouth Institute Professor Bill Black shares insight on new reporting and management guidelines for screening and incidental detection at the international Preventing Overdiagnosis Conference A practicing radiologist at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Bill Black has long been a self-described ‘critic’ of how common practices in radiology have led to the “over-pursuit” of small…

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Mammography screening is credited with saving women’s lives by detecting small malignant tumors “early”—before they grow large enough to cause symptoms. Conventional wisdom holds that over time effective screening should lead to a decrease in larger tumors as smaller tumors are found earlier. However, a new study by researchers from The Dartmouth Institute for Health…

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The fast growing population of adults afflicted with dementia poses an enormous challenge to the U.S. healthcare system. In 2016, the total cost of care associated with Alzheimer's and other dementias is estimated to be around $236 billion, on par or higher than the financial burden of heart disease and cancer. With just under half of those dementia-related costs borne by Medicare, a…

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