Dr. John E. "Jack" Wennberg, of the Dartmouth Medical School, will address the Senior Men's Club of New Canaan in Morrill Hall at St. Mark's Church on Friday, Oct. 7, at 10 a.m. His discussion is titled "Tracking Medicine: Patterns of End-of-Life Care, Inequities in the Medicare Reimbursement System, and the Under use of Preventive Care."

Wennberg's renowned research examines patterns of medical resource intensity and utilization in the United States. By meticulously documenting and analyzing patterns of medical practice, he has come to the startling conclusion: The care Americans receive depends as much on the physicians they see and hospitals they use as it does on medical science and the patient's own preference.

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Wennberg offers remedies based on his research. To improve care for all Americans while controlling costs, he said health care must pursue four goals: promote the growth of organized systems of care; establish shared decision-making and informed patient choice; improve the science of health care delivery; and constrain the undisciplined growth in health care capacity.

He is co-founder of the Foundation for Informed Medical Decision Making. Wennberg's latest work focuses on the use of technology to inform patients of the results of outcomes research so we can better participate in medical decision-making.

The Senior Men's Club of New Canaan is open for new membership applications. Applicants are welcome to attend this meeting. Visit www.smcnc.org for more information or call Membership Chairman Jerry Transue at 203-966-6050.