NAM Perspectives are expert commentaries and discussion papers by leading voices in health and health care.
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The National Academy of Medicine’s Perspectives platform extends the National Academies’ convening and advising functions by providing a venue for leading health, medical, science, and policy experts to reflect on issues and opportunities important to the advancement of health, health care, and biomedical science. Perspectives are individually-authored papers that do not reflect consensus positions of the NAM, the National Academies, or the authors’ organizations. They are not reports of the National Academies.
Perspectives come in two forms: commentaries, or brief, op-ed-style opinion pieces; and discussion papers, lengthier peer-reviewed articles that present research, summarize literature, report on field activities, or consider approaches to progress. Authors are not paid, and submissions must be invited by the NAM.
Perspectives are intended to advance the field by spotlighting innovative ideas; sharing information, expertise, and best practices; and promoting dialogue and collaboration among stakeholders. They are frequently cited in media; referenced in academic publications; used as background documents for meetings; adopted in course materials or organizational toolkits; and used as position statements by stakeholder groups, among other outcomes. They are the #1 driver of traffic to NAM.edu.
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Introduction In recent years, health literacy is increasingly viewed as aligning complexities and tasks with people’s skills and abilities. With this understanding of health literacy, there comes a growing recognition that we, as health care providers, need to ...
Authors: Ruth M. Parker and John David Ike
July 17, 2017
A Proposed Framework for Developing Health-Focused Public-Private Partnerships Based on National Sustainable Development Priorities
The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) constitute a broad and ambitious agenda for the world to achieve by 2030. Although governments are the primary drivers for implementation of the agenda, it has been widely acknowledged that public-sector ...
Authors: Jo Ivey Boufford, Renuka Gadde, Christian Acemah, George Alleyne, Simon Bland, and Brenda Colatrella
July 10, 2017
Health communication, health education, and health literacy are rooted in a common understanding of human communication and share the goals of enhancing human health, improving health outcomes, and reducing health disparities. We have an opportunity to mobiliz ...
Authors: Marin P. Allen, Elaine Auld, Robert Logan, J. Henry Montes, and Stacey Rosen
July 10, 2017
Burnout Among Health Care Professionals: A Call to Explore and Address This Underrecognized Threat to Safe, High-Quality Care
TW: suicide The US health care system is rapidly changing in an effort to deliver better care, improve health, and lower costs while providing care for an aging population with high rates of chronic disease and co-morbidities. Among the changes affecting clini ...
Authors: Lotte N. Dyrbye, Tait D. Shanafelt, Christine A. Sinsky, Pamela F. Cipriano, Jay Bhatt, Alexander Ommaya, Colin P. West, and David Meyers
July 05, 2017
TW: suicide Introduction By Sandeep P. Kishore The NAM Perspectives paper, “Breaking the Culture of Silence on Physician Suicide” , brought together four unique voices from surgery, nursing, medical training, and the clergy to consider what had led Kaitlyn, ...
Authors: Jasleen Salwan and Sandeep Kishore
July 05, 2017
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