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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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Unique Opportunities and Challenges in Implementing Family-Focused Interventions for Children with Developmental Disorders
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) and National Research Council (NRC) established the Forum on Promoting Children’s Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Health to engage leaders from academia, government, professional organizations, and philanthropy in dialogue ...
Authors: Rebecca M. Jones, Ruth Perou, Andy Shih
July 10, 2014
In dentistry, an after visit summary (AVS) can be thought of in both the context of a standalone dental practice and as a combined summary integrating oral health-related information with medical information. In this commentary, the authors explore the AVS fro ...
Authors: Alice M. Horowitz, Lindsey A. Robinson, Man Wai Ng, Amit Acharya
July 09, 2014
During July 1995, Chicago was gripped by a heat wave that still ranks as one of the deadliest in U.S. history. Estimates vary, but more than 700 people, many of them elderly and isolated, may have died as a result of the heat, which soared as high as 106 degre ...
Authors: Donna E. Shalala, Alfred Sommer
July 08, 2014
In their discussion paper, Zimmerman and Woolf provide an overview of the large body of evidence that links education and health. They discuss education in the context of a socioecological model of health, that illustrates the social and other determinants of ...
Authors: Emily Zimmerman, Steven H. Woolf
Tags: Public Health
June 05, 2014
In her discussion paper, Etz reminds readers that the health field’s attention to the role and potential of communities in health improvement has a long history, and includes the Folsom Report prepared in 1969 by the National Commission on Community Health Ser ...
Authors: Rebecca S. Etz
Tags: Public Health
April 10, 2014
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