Update on the 7th Annual Wennberg International Collaborative Research Meeting

The Wennberg International Collaborative (WIC), created in 2010, provides a network for investigators who study medical practice variation within countries. Well established in places like the U.S., U.K. and Canada, this field is growing in many others, including Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Australia, the Netherlands. Launched as a collaboration between The Dartmouth Institute and the London School of Economics (LSE), the Wennberg International Collaborative takes 30 years of variation in healthcare research, and applies it to countries around the world. Led jointly by David Goodman, MD, MS ’95 of TDI and Gwyn Bevan, Professor of Policy Analysis and Deputy Head of the Strategy and Resources Department of LSE, the collaborative is committed to improving healthcare by examining organizational and regional variation in health care resources, utilization and outcomes.
 
The 7th Annual Wennberg International Collaborative Research Meeting was held in September at the Royal College of Surgeons in London, England. Conference presentations can be reviewed at http://wennbergcollaborative.org/events/wic-2015/2015-wic-presentations. In June 2015, the collaborative added an open international policy conference which attracted more than 160 health policy researchers from around the world, further accelerating the reach of the Dartmouth Atlas. These forums create a learning environment for countries interested in measuring health care variation, and teaches them how to use the information to improve day-to-day health care and influence health policy.
 
In addition to supporting researchers, the collaborative has had direct influence in the lives of two current students. Mrika Aliu accepted an invitation to the Spring Policy Conference, where she first learned about practice variation research and the implications for health policy development. As a result of this experience, Mrika joined the Master of Public Health program, and will be completing her degree while continuing to foster public health work in Kosovo. In addition, Dana Wilkerson, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow with the collaborative, has welcomed the health policy research support provided by Peter DiMilia, a current Master of Public Health student preparing for a career in medicine. These two students represent the power of relationships as The Darmouth Institute continues its work to improve health care for patients everywhere.
 
More information and the opportunity to join the Wennberg Collaborative can be found at http://www.wennbergcollaborative.org/

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