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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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In Shared Decision-Making Strategies for Best Care: Patient Decision Aids, the authors suggest concrete steps to fully integrate the ideals and practices of shared decision making (SDM) into routine clinical practice. The discussion paper, published by the Ins ...
Authors: Chuck Alston, Zackary Berger, Shannon Brownlee, Glyn Elwyn, Floyd J. Fowler Jr., Leslie Kelly Hall, Victor M. Montori, Ben Moulton, Lyn Paget, Brenna Haviland-Shebel, Richard Singerman, Jim Walker, Matthew K. Wynia, Diedtra Henderson
September 18, 2014
Is there a more fertile setting to instill and advance continuous learning than in our nation’s medical schools? After all, these schools are where ambitious, bright young minds assemble to begin the climb toward becoming a physician and hopefully obtain the i ...
Authors: James L. Madara
September 12, 2014
In their discussion paper, Cohen and Iton propose a sustainable model for funding prevention strategies. The authors describe how the state of California used the $2.4 billion revenue generated from cigarette taxes from 1989 to 2008 to fund tobacco control pro ...
Authors: Larry Cohen and Anthony Iton
September 09, 2014
In the ongoing work on critical issues in obesity, the neglected problem of societal bias, stigma, and discrimination toward individuals with obesity impedes progress toward evidence-based solutions. Much of this bias and discrimination stems from negative ste ...
Authors: Rebecca M. Puhl, Theodore K. Kyle
September 08, 2014
Though a common target for health-improving efforts, young people are not often regarded as agents of change for healthier communities. However, a growing number of successful health-supportive policy, environment, and systems-change efforts trace their impetu ...
Authors: George Flores, Mary Lou Goeke, Rigoberto Perez
September 07, 2014
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