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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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Systems Strategies for Better Health Throughout the Life Course: A Vital Direction for Health and Health Care
Health and health care outcomes for Americans should be better for most, and much better for some. This should be possible with currently available knowledge and resources. Capturing the potential will require adapting our strategies and approaches to the real ...
Authors: J. Michael McGinnis, Donald M. Berwick, The Honorable Thomas A. Daschle, Angela Diaz, Harvey V. Fineberg, The Honorable William H. Frist, Atul Gawande, Neal Halfon, Risa Lavizzo-Mourey
September 19, 2016
Much discussion surrounds the question of the most appropriate strategies for bringing the power of science to bear on the nation’s pressing problems. Some problems, such as an emerging infectious disease, are urgent and must be addressed immediately. Others, ...
Authors: Alan Leshner, Steven E. Hyman, and Story Landis
September 19, 2016
The phrase “democratizing health care” is gaining popularity in discussions about how technology is enabling consumers to better manage their health-related behaviors and to participate more fully in decisions about treatment. The effect is re-shaping the powe ...
Authors: George Flores
September 16, 2016
From our perspective, dental caries continues to be one of the most common chronic diseases in the United States and globally, with individuals living in poverty and minorities being affected more than their more affluent peers. Dental caries (commonly referre ...
Authors: Rebecca L. Slayton, Margherita Fontana, Douglas Young, Norman Tinanoff, Brian Nový, Ruth D. Lipman, and Lindsey Robinson
September 14, 2016
Homelessness is a major issue in the United States. Among adults, military veterans are at increased risk. Studies continue to highlight the greater demand that homeless veterans place on emergency rooms and their increased risk for all-cause mortality, psycho ...
Authors: Michael R. Wehrer, Michael A. Tomlinson, Kenneth T. Jones, and Uchenna S. Uchendu
September 08, 2016
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