Thom Walsh PhD, MS, MSPT
Dr. Walsh’s clinical career as an Orthopedic Physical Therapist focused on the development of innovative clinical care models for patients with pain and disability of musculoskeletal origin. Together with Dr. James Weinstein, he helped launch the first-in-the-nation facility to proactively embed shared decision-making (SDM) and patient reported outcome measures (PROMs) into care pathways. His early research career was instrumental in the design and utilization of the patient reported dashboard, which informed the process of shared decision making.
Thom earned his PhD in Health Policy from The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. Working with an epidemiologist, a health economist, and a biostatistician, he studied the fundamental causes, policy implications, and proposed solutions for unwarranted regional variation. His dissertation built on this body of work and was the first from Dartmouth to explore costs and utilization for all payers and all diagnoses (using data from the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project).
Dr. Walsh is now is the first post-doctoral research fellow in Healthcare Delivery Science at The Dartmouth Center for Healthcare Delivery Science (TDC). Working with Professor Glyn Elwyn and a group of international collaborators in the Preference Lab at Dartmouth, his current focus is the reform the delivery of healthcare services. Thom’s clinical and research career have looked at issues regarding the implementation of innovative redesigns from the ground level of patient care up to national-level policy.
He has joined Jack Wennberg as a co-director of Variation in Health Care Delivery and he teaches the online course, Understanding the Implications of Geographic Variation, or “TDI 101,” both for the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice (TDI). He is also on faculty in Dartmouth’s Masters in Healthcare Delivery Science program.
Thom’s previous publication topics include; hospital-level variation in costs and length of stay, pay-for-evidence policy initiatives, patient reported outcome measures (PROMs), the responsiveness of the SF-36 and Oswestry Disability Index, and the clinical use of research data to facilitate the intake, triage, navigation of patients through healthcare systems.
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