Cincinnati--The Society for Medical Decision Making (SMDM) will hold
its 22nd annual meeting at the Hyatt Regency Cincinnati September
24-27, 2000. SMDM is an international organization of 1000 members
interested in improving the clinical care and health of individuals and
in informing societal health policy decisions. SMDM was founded in
Cincinnati by UC faculty and others in 1979.
The theme for the
meeting is "The Value of Health" and will focus on the presentation of
high quality research and applications in clinical decision science.
The abstracts will be organized by clinical topic as well as by
application and methodologic topic. There will be two plenary abstract
sessions, one of which will focus on the value of health, several
concurrent abstract sessions, and several poster sessions.
meeting will feature a slate of16 short courses on Sunday, September
24. Topics include decision analysis (basic and advanced),
cost-effectiveness analysis, economic evaluation of clinical trials,
shared decision making, decision psychology, evidence-based quality
assessment, medical informatics and clinical guidelines, Bayesian data
analysis, simulation, survival analysis, meta-analysis, health index
instruments, the "theory of constraints," and utility assessment.
Monday, September 25, there will be a special symposium entitled "Can
Cost-Effectiveness Analysis Make a Difference? Lessons from Pap
Smears." The symposium speakers will include Hal Sox, MD, chairman of
Medicine at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center; Lee Newcomer, senior VP
for health policy and strategy at United Health Group; Alan Garber, MD,
PhD, professor of Medicine at Stanford and member of the Panel on
Cost-Effectiveness in Health and Medicine; and Jeanne Mandelblatt, MD,
MPH, associate professor and director of cancer outcomes research at
Registration forms can be obtained from the SMDM
website www.smdm.org or from the SMDM administrative office by phone,
202-994-8929; the advanced registration deadline is August 18. Contact
Joel Tsevat, MD, firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.