About Publications

Publications from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine provide objective and straightforward advice to decision makers and the public. This site includes Health and Medicine Division (HMD) publications released after 1998. A complete list of HMD’s publications from its establishment in 1970 to the present is available as a PDF.


  • Health Literacy and Older Adults: Reshaping the Landscape ... Released: October 22, 2018
    To gain a better understanding of the health communication challenges among older adults and their professional and family caregivers and how those challenges affect the care older adults receive, the Roundtable on Health Literacy convened a 1-day public workshop which explored the effect of low health literacy on the health of older adults.
  • Implementing Quality Measures for Accountability in ... Released: October 01, 2018
    The Roundtable on Quality Care for People with Serious Illness of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine held a public workshop on April 17, 2018 in Washington, D.C., to explore the challenges and opportunities related to implementing quality measures for accountability purposes in community-based care for people with serious illness.
  • Improving Cancer Diagnosis and Care: Patient Access to ... Released: September 11, 2018
    To examine opportunities to improve cancer diagnosis and care, the National Cancer Policy Forum developed a two-workshop series. The first workshop—held on February 12-13, 2018 in Washington, DC—focused on potential strategies to ensure patients have access to appropriate expertise and technologies in oncologic pathology and imaging to inform cancer diagnosis and subsequent care decisions.
  • Crossing the Global Quality Chasm: Improving Health Care ... Released: August 28, 2018
    With support from 7 sponsors, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine undertook a study to examine the global impacts of poor-quality health care and to recommend ways to improve quality while expanding UHC, particularly in low-resource areas.
  • Opportunities to Enhance the Health and Well-Being of the ... Released: August 24, 2018
    On January 17 and 18, 2018, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine hosted a workshop focused on enhancing the health and well-being of the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) law enforcement workforce.
  • Building the Case for Health Literacy: Proceedings of a ... Released: July 26, 2018
    To understand the extent to which health literacy has been shown to be effective at contributing to the Quadruple Aim of improving the health of communities, providing better care, providing affordable care, and improving the experience of the health care team, the Roundtable on Health Literacy established an ad hoc committee to plan and conduct a public workshop on building the case for health literacy.
  • Impact of the Global Medical Supply Chain on SNS ... Released: July 18, 2018
    An ad hoc committee organized a public workshop, held on August 28, 2017, to explore the current state of the global supply chain as it relates to Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) assets, and the role of communications in mitigating supply chain risks in enhancing the resilience of medical countermeasure (MCM) distribution efforts.
  • Permanent Supportive Housing Evaluating the Evidence for ... Released: July 11, 2018
    The report addresses a fundamental question: To what extent have permanent supportive housing programs improved health outcomes and affected health care costs in people experiencing homelessness? The report also describes policy and program barriers that affect the ability to bring the permanent supportive housing programs and other housing models to scale to address housing and health care needs.
  • Physician-Assisted Death: Scanning the Landscape ... Released: June 27, 2018
    As a matter of public opinion and of public policy, a national dialogue is taking place around the question of whether, and under what circumstances, terminally ill patients can access life-ending medications with the aid of a physician. This publication summarizes the presentations and discussions from a workshop of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The workshop explored what is known and not known empirically about the practice of physician-assisted death, as well as some of the moral and ethical considerations regarding the practice.
  • Establishing Effective Patient Navigation Programs in ... Released: May 24, 2018
    Delivering high-quality cancer care to all patients presents numerous challenges, including difficulties with ensuring patients have access to well-coordinated care across the cancer continuum. Patient navigation programs are designed to promote access to timely cancer diagnosis and care by addressing barriers to cancer care, such as challenges with health literacy, language barriers affecting comprehension of diagnosis and treatment, lack of transportation, or insufficient insurance coverage. Patient navigation programs were originally designed—and are still primarily directed at—improving cancer care among vulnerable patients.