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Health Care Wait Times Vary Greatly Throughout U.S.; New IOM Report Calls for Putting Patients and Families First Using Approaches Applied Successfully in Other Sectors
Released: 6/29/2015

Tremendous variability in wait times for health care appointments exists throughout the U.S., ranging from same day service to several months, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine.

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  • Key Principles (PDF)
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IOM Report Details Strategy for Monitoring Safety of Childhood Immunization Schedule
Released: 1/16/2013

A review of the available evidence underscores the safety of the federal childhood immunization schedule, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine. Should signals indicate the need for investigation of the schedule, however, the report offers a framework for conducting safety research using existing or new data collection systems.

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IOM Elects 65 New Members, Five Foreign Associates
Released: 10/17/2011

The IOM announced the names of 65 new members and five foreign associates on October 17 in conjunction with its 41st annual meeting. Election to the IOM is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service.

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Community Storage of Anthrax-Preventing Antibiotics Should be Determined by State, Local Agencies on Basis of Risk Level and Dispensing Capabilities
Released: 9/30/2011

As part of preparations for a possible large-scale anthrax attack, public health officials on the state and local levels should determine where and how anthrax-preventing antibiotics should be stored in their communities, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine. The report recommends that state, local, and tribal health officials work with the federal government to assess the benefits and costs of strategies that preposition antibiotics close to or in the hands of people who will need quick access to them should an attack occur. These locations include local stockpiles, workplace caches, or possibly homes. However, the report discourages broad use of a home storage strategy for the general population due to possible antibiotic misuse and higher costs.

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  • First Order Model to Estimate Health Benefits (XLSX)
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Few Health Problems Are Caused By Vaccines, IOM Report Finds
Released: 8/25/2011

An analysis of more than 1,000 research articles concluded that few health problems are caused by or clearly associated with vaccines, according to a new IOM report.

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  • Graphic: Strength of Evidence that Determined the Causality Conclusions (PDF, HTML)
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  • Report Brief (PDF, HTML)
  • Table: Summary of Causality Conclusions (PDF)
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The National Academies Announce Programs in Celebration of African American History Month
Released: 2/12/2010

In February, the National Academies will hold a series of events in celebration of African American History Month. The newly launched African American History Program website features in-depth biographies of African Americans who have made outstanding contributions to society through science, engineering, and medicine.

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Sociologist David Mechanic receives Institute of Medicine's 2009 Sarnat Prize in Mental Health
Released: 10/12/2009

The Institute of Medicine awarded the 2009 Rhoda and Bernard Sarnat International Prize in Mental Health to David Mechanic, University Professor and René Dubos Professor of Behavioral Sciences; and director, Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J. The Sarnat Prize, consisting of a medal and $20,000, was presented to Mechanic at IOM's annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

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