The Dartmouth Institute
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About The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy &
Clinical Practice (TDI)

The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice is where Knowledge Informs Change. The Institute stands on a 30-year history of asking challenging questions about medical care -- now it is working to fix the problems.

We do this through:

  • Research - Monitoring and studying medical care to determine what works and what doesn't
  • Education - Preparing leaders to ask challenging questions and improve care
  • Engagement - Applying what works to make care better, safer and less expensive.

The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice (TDI) was founded in 1988 by Dr. John E. Wennberg as the Center for the Evaluative Clinical Sciences (CECS).

Among its 30 years of accomplishments, it has established a new discipline and educational focus in the Evaluative Clinical Sciences, introduced and advanced the concept of shared decision-making for patients, demonstrated unwarranted variation in the practice and outcomes of medical treatment, and shown that more health care is not necessarily better care.

Healthy skepticism about new treatments and medical “breakthroughs,” an understanding of the risks and benefits of many common therapies and surgeries, and unique educational programs have produced more informed agents of change among physicians, health professionals, the media, and the public.

The Patient Reported Measures (PRM) Team

The Dartmouth PRM team is based in the Center for Population Health at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. Some of the key contributors to the PRM team include: