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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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The fragmented nature of the delivery and financing of health care in the United States, coupled with misdirected incentives dominating the payment structure, has driven national expenditures to be the highest in the world for health outcomes that are, at best ...
Authors: Bruce Bodaken, Richard Bankowitz, Timothy Ferris, Jim Hansen, John Hirshleifer, Scott Kronlund, David Labby, Rick MacCornack, Mark McClellan, and Lewis Sandy
April 21, 2016
In “A New Perspective on the Health of Canadians,” Marc Lalonde, the Canadian Minister of National Health and Welfare, concluded that health care does not have the power to fully mitigate the threats posed by unhealthful environments and behaviors. This 1974 r ...
Authors: Thomas E. Kottke, Matt Stiefel, and Nicolaas P. Pronk
Tags: Children and Families, Coverage and Access, Environmental Health, Food and Nutrition, Health Disparities, Health Equity, Health Policy and Regulation, Longevity, Mental Health and Substance Use, Patient and Consumer Issues, Population Health, Social Determinants of Health
April 14, 2016
Preparing Health Care and Public Health Professionals for Team Performance: The Community as Classroom
Today, team-based health care is no longer an innovation or even a choice. Increasingly, providers are using a team-based approach to deliver care, and the complexity of health problems facing many Americans, combined with the specialization of health professi ...
Authors: Corinne Graffunder and Brian Sakurada
April 06, 2016
The field of health literacy has evolved over the decades. While early work focused on individual skills (and deficits) and specific products (brochures and documents, for example), we, the authors, have come to a greater appreciation that health literacy is m ...
Authors: Andrew Pleasant, Rima E. Rudd, Catina O’Leary, Michael K. Paasche-Orlow, Marin P. Allen, Wilma Alvarado-Little, Laurie Myers, Kim Parson, and Stacey Rosen
April 04, 2016
Technology-Enabled Transitions of Care in a Collaborative Effort between Clinical Medicine and Public Health: A Population Health Case Report
Patients of low socioeconomic status (SES) are at higher risk than patients of greater means for hospitalization for conditions that can be addressed in the ambulatory setting. Patients of low SES are twice as likely as those of higher SES to require urgent em ...
Authors: Laura Ahmed, Daniel Jensen, Lisa Klotzbach, Geoffrey Huntley, Alex Alexander, Veronique Roger, and Lila Finney Rutten
March 31, 2016
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