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Chronically Ill Patients Get More Care, Less Quality, Says Latest Dartmouth Atlas
Date:4/7/2008

exception, and it had only a marginal effect.

The Dartmouth Atlas Project is run by the Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice at Dartmouth Medical School. The principal funding for the project comes from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The entire Medicare claims data are available at http://www.dartmouthatlas.org.

With the release of this report, the Dartmouth Atlas Project introduced a new Web feature, the Hospital Care Intensity Index. It enables anyone to compare the intensity with which hospitals treat patients at the end of life--how many days they spend in the hospital and how often they see medical specialists. This is increasingly important to people who are in their last days of life and do not want to die in a hospital bed.

About the Dartmouth Atlas Project

The Dartmouth Atlas Project (DAP) began in 1993 as a study of health care markets in the United States, measuring variations in health care resources and their utilization by both geographic areas. More recently, the research agenda has expanded to reporting on the resources and utilization among patients at specific hospitals. DAP research uses very large claims databases from the Medicare program and other sources to define where Americans seek care, what kind of care they receive, and to determine whether increasing investments in health care resources and their use result in better health outcomes for Americans.

The study was funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, in partnership with a funding consortium including the WellPoint Foundation, the Aetna Foundation, the United Health Foundation and the California HealthCare Foundation.

About The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation focuses on the pressing health and health care issues facing our country. As the nation's largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to improving the health and
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