A Q&A with Dr. Jack Wennberg
Outcomes pioneer Jack Wennberg has spent the bulk of his career at Dartmouth, bringing to light unwarranted variations in the delivery of health care, promoting the concept of shared decision-making, and collecting around him a diverse group of scientists and clinician-scholars who are devoted to measuring, organizing, and improving the health-care system. His intellectual bravery and dogged sense of doing right by patients are the focus of a feature in Dartmouth Medicine titled "Braveheart." The work of the center that Wennberg founded has also been the subject of two other recent features: "Making Choice an Option" and "The State of the Nation's Health." The latter article looked at the impact The Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care has had on the national health-policy debate, and Wennberg answered some questions about his work at the time that article was published:
- What's wrong with the U.S. health-care system?
- How did you become the founder of outcomes research?
- What is the Dartmouth Atlas project?
- What are some major findings of the Dartmouth Atlas?
- Why are there geographical variations in surgical procedures?
- Why are there geographical variations in chronic illness care?
- Have the Dartmouth Atlas findings been controversial?
- How can more care result in poorer outcomes?
- What is DHMC doing to address practice variations?
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