For more than 20 years, the Dartmouth Atlas Project has documented variations in how medical resources are distributed and used in the United States. The project uses Medicare data to provide information and analysis about national, regional, and local markets, as well as hospitals and their affiliated physicians. This research has helped policy-makers, the media, health care analysts and others improve their understanding of our health care system and forms the foundation for many of the ongoing efforts to improve health and health systems across America.
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Investigators with the Dartmouth Atlas Project documented variations in pediatric care in northern New England (Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont). The report shows that where children live affects the health care they receive and that unwanted variations in care occur when there are differences in the availability of resources.
With an aging population and an increasing role of prescription drugs, understanding how drugs are used in Medicare Part D informs quality and value of care. This report provides insights into broader patterns of prescription drug care for patients, clinicians, and policy-makers.Read the report
Research from the Dartmouth Atlas Project shows that even though most patients with advanced cancer prefer care that minimizes symptoms, many still receive intense treatment and are not admitted into hospice care until their last three days of life. Since the last Dartmouth Atlas report, the trends in end-of-life cancer care across the country have been mixed.