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Decision-Making Resources

Additional Resources at DHMC

Our various resource centers are staffed by professionals and volunteers who can help you find reliable health information and assistance.

Online Resources

  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ): Health Care Innovations Exchange
    The Innovations Exchange aims to increase awareness of innovative strategies and activities among health care providers in a timely manner. Every day, health care practitioners find better and more effective ways of delivering health care. However, the diffusion of their innovative ideas is slow and rarely reaches beyond institutional walls or across health care settings (e.g., from hospitals to nursing homes, or from private physician practices to community health clinics). As a result, health care providers unnecessarily duplicate each other's efforts.
  • The Dartmouth Institute - Informed Choice
    The Center for Informed Choice is dedicated to one simple proposition: that patients deserve to be equal partners in making choices about their health care. We know that when patients and their families have good information about procedures, treatments, and therapies, they make good decisions—decisions that reflect their values and preferences. Our research shows that 40 percent of the time, patients who participate in informed choice or "shared decision-making" choose less invasive, less risky, less costly procedures. Most importantly, research has shown that these patients have better clinical outcomes and higher rates of satisfaction.
  • Center for Survey Research (CSR) at UMass Boston
    CSR conducts basic and applied research that contributes to knowledge and understanding of important social issues, and supports public and private agencies in carrying out policy-related research. Services include study design and sampling, interviewing and other survey data collection procedures, questionnaire design and evaluation (including focus groups and cognitive interviewing), coding, data, analysis, reporting, and consultation.
  • The Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care
    For more than 20 years, the Dartmouth Atlas Project has documented glaring variations in how medical resources are distributed and used in the United States. The project uses Medicare data to provide comprehensive information and analysis about national, regional, and local markets, as well as individual hospitals and their affiliated physicians.
  • Dartmouth Community Medical School Lecture Series
    A series of lectures on decision making, from Dartmouth-Hitchcock.
  • The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice (TDI) at The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
    TDI's unique community of clinician-scholars, epidemiologists, economists, social scientists, statisticians, and others are putting forth solutions, offering innovative and achievable policy changes, and proving through demonstration how health care can be delivered more effectively, with better outcomes, improved patient and provider satisfaction, and at less cost.
  • Health Dialog
    Health Dialog works with health plans and employers to improve the quality of care and reduce the costs of health care by enhancing the quality of patient-physician dialogs.
  • Informed Medical Decisions Foundation 
    For over two decades, the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation has been working to advance shared decision making through research, policy, clinical models and patient decision aids. They believe that the only way to ensure high quality medical decisions are being made is for a fully informed patient to participate in a shared decision making process with their health care provider.
  • Ottawa Hospital Decision Centre (OHDeC)
    OHDeC was established in November 1995 as part of the Clinical Epidemiology Unit of the Loeb Hospital Research Institute at the Ottawa Hospital. It consists of a team of investigators adjunct to the faculties of Medicine and Health Sciences at the University of Ottawa. This rich resource on decision aids includes the Cochrane Systematic Review and a PDF of the Ottawa Personal Decision Guide©.
  • Society for Medical Decision Making (SMDM)
    SMDM improves health outcomes through the advancement of proactive systematic approaches to clinical decision making and policy-formation in health care by providing a scholarly forum that connects and educates researchers, providers, policy-makers, and the public.