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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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Advances in genome sequencing represent an unparalleled opportunity to examine the genomic landscape of an individual and potentially identify genetic variants that are relevant for the diagnosis and treatment of disease. However, the identification and interp ...
Authors: Paul R. Billings, Nalini Raghavachari, Geetha Senthil
June 22, 2015
Most mental health conditions emerge in childhood and adolescence, and many develop in the context of the same risk factors as physical disease. Similarly, many behavioral health patterns that result in health conditions and health care expenditures in adultho ...
Authors: Mary Ann McCabe
May 05, 2015
Childhood obesity, a serious and urgent public health problem, affects 17 percent of children in the United States, almost a third of whom have severe obesity defined as an age and sex-specific body mass index above the 99th percentile on the 2000 Centers for ...
Authors: Ihuoma Eneli, Susan J. Woolford, Sandra Hassink
April 30, 2015
The first round of awards in the State Innovation Models (SIMs) Initiative by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) created a wave of excitement and a sense of opportunity knocking. We previously wrote that “we believe that the SIMs developed ...
Authors: James A. Hester, John Auerbach, Debbie I. Chang, Sanne Magnan, Judith Monroe
April 16, 2015
Community Health Needs Assessments? Aligning the Interests of Public Health and the Health Care Delivery System to Improve Population Health
Recognizing the challenges of improving health outcomes depends on a complex set of factors, many beyond the control of the health care system, a recent report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) stresses the importance of population health measurement to ens ...
Authors: Michael A. Stoto, Colleen Ryan Smith
April 09, 2015
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