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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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Forging Collaboration Within Academia and Between Academia and Health Care Delivery Organizations: Importance, Successes, and Future Work
The Institute of Medicine’s (IOM’s) report Best Care at Lower Cost1 indicates that team-based care is an important tool for making the transition to a learning health care system, and it is a major objective of the work the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation has been ...
Authors: George E. Thibault, Stephen C. Schoenbaum
July 26, 2013
Rising health care costs, increasing prevalence of chronic disease, persisting health care disparities and access issues, and the aging population underlie the urgent need for change in the U.S. health care system to simultaneously improve health and reduce co ...
Authors: Robert M. Jacobson, Lila J. Rutten
Tags: Public Health
July 16, 2013
A View from the Surgeon General: The National Prevention Strategy — Working Together to Become a More Healthy and Fit Nation
In this commentary, Dr. Regina Benjamin highlights accomplishments of the National Prevention Council, an unprecedented gathering of multiple federal departments and agencies whose policies and practices bear on health. Authorized under the Affordable Care Act ...
Authors: Regina M. Benjamin
July 15, 2013
The national health care system is beginning to embrace the idea of a continuously learning health care system, as proposed by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in the report Best Care at Lower Cost. The necessity of such a system arose from the IOM’s Quality C ...
Authors: Quality and Patient Safety
July 12, 2013
This Discussion Paper, “Bringing a Systems Approach to Health,” illustrates instances in which systems-based interventions have promoted better health at lower cost. Developed by individual participants from the IOM’s Systems Approaches to Im ...
Authors: Gary Kaplan, George Bo-Linn, Pascale Carayon, Peter Pronovost, William Rouse, Proctor Reid, Robert Saunders
July 10, 2013
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