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Publish Date: 08/04/00
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Society for Academic Health Decision Making to Meet in Cincinnati

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.

The 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.

On 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 Georgetown.

Registration forms can be obtained from the SMDM website or from the SMDM administrative office by phone, 202-994-8929; the advanced registration deadline is August 18. Contact Joel Tsevat, MD, for more information.

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