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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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Health equity, the attainment of the highest level of health for all people, is yet to be realized for many populations in the United States. Health equity focuses on diseases and health care services, but is also broadly linked to social determinants, such as ...
Authors: Noreen Mokuau, Patrick H. DeLeon, Joseph Keawe’aimoku Kaholokula, Sade Soares, JoAnn U. Tsark, and Coti Haia
October 31, 2016
Life Span and Legal/Policy Research as Dual Focuses for Identifying and Implementing Opportunities to Realize Health Equity
Our perspective is grounded in the proposition that health equity should be central or more significant than any other concern, principle, criterion, or value when prioritizing a national scientific agenda, setting care goals, organizing research and evaluatio ...
Authors: Patrick H. Tolan, Velma McBride Murry, Angela Diaz, and Robert Seidel
October 24, 2016
Research regarding new treatments (drugs, biological products, and high-risk devices) often begins with a broad assessment of disease epidemiology, disease burden, and shortcomings of existing treatments. That research may draw from diverse data sources, inclu ...
Authors: Steven Galson and Gregory Simon
October 18, 2016
The National Academy of Medicine Perspective, Breaking the Culture of Silence on Physician Suicide, brought together four unique voices from surgery, nursing, medical training, and the clergy to consider what led Kaitlyn, a young medical student, to take her o ...
Authors: Elisabeth Poorman and Sandeep P. Kishore
October 04, 2016
Data Acquisition, Curation, and Use For a Continuously Learning Health System: A Vital Direction for Health and Health Care
Increased sharing of health data among all stakeholders in the health system—from patients and advocates to health professionals and medical researchers—is essential for creating a learning health system. Such a system would leverage health data from a variety ...
Authors: Harlan M. Krumholz, Philip E. Bourne, Richard E. Kuntz, Harold L. Paz, Sharon F. Terry, and Joanne Waldstreicher
September 19, 2016
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