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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Dose Matters describes the concept of “population dose”—an approach to strengthening and evaluating the impact of complex multisector, multilevel, place-based initiatives. This discussion paper reports on what is promising about the approach while recognizing ...
August 26, 2015
A core aim for improving health care is to provide equitable care or “care that does not vary in quality because of personal characteristics such as gender, ethnicity, geographic location, and socioeconomic status.” We believe that an essential ingredient in t ...
Authors: Robert A. Logan, National Library of Medicine; Winston F. Wong, Kaiser Permanente; Michael Villaire, Institute for Healthcare Advancement; Gem Daus, Health Resources and Services Administration; Terri Ann Parnell, Health Literacy Partners, Earnestine Willis, Medical College of Wisconsin, and Michael K. Paasche-Orlow, Boston University School of Medicine
July 24, 2015
Not only does the United States spend more per capita on medical care than any other nation, and more than twice as much as the average for all other countries in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, it spends more on medical research as ...
Authors: Catherine Chanfreau-Coffinier, Steven M. Teutsch, Jonathan E. Fielding
Tags: Public Health
June 23, 2015
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) Roundtable on Population Health Improvement’s workshop summary titled Business Engagement in Building Healthy Communities highlights how local and regional stakeholders can be effective community leaders for improving population ...
Authors: Ralph Schulz
Tags: Public Health
June 23, 2015
Every day across America, behavioral health problems in childhood and adolescence, from anxiety to violence, take a heavy toll on millions of lives. For decades the approach to these problems has been to treat them only after they’ve been identified—at a high ...
Authors: J. David Hawkins, Jeffrey M. Jenson, Richard Catalano, Mark W. Fraser, Gilbert J. Botvin, Valerie Shapiro, C. Hendricks Brown, William Beardslee, David Brent, Laurel K. Leslie, Mary Jane Rotheram-Borus, Pat Shea, Andy Shih, Elizabeth Anthony, Kevin P. Haggerty, Kimberly Bender, Deborah Gorman-Smith, Erin Casey, and Susan Stone*
June 22, 2015
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