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Organization, Regulations, and Courses 2018-19

PH 144 The Current Status of Practice Variation Research (Elective Short Course)

This four-session seminar will focus on readings from the book, Tracking Medicine, by John E. (Jack) Wennberg. Wennberg reviews his and his colleagues' work on practice variations, beginning with small area variation in Vermont, extending through efforts to evaluate the reasons behind variation in surgical procedures, and concluding with the more recent work associated with overuse of supply sensitive care as described in the Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care. The course includes a section on current health policy as it relates to practice variation. The format of each session will include an initial lecture followed by small group discussions with a report back at the end of each afternoon.

3 credits, (HP, P, LP, NC)

Prerequisites: None


John "Jack" Wennberg and David Goodman


Fall - Fridays 10:30 am - 12:00 pm (Oct 12-Nov 9)