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.


  • Retooling for an Aging America: Building the Health Care ... Released: April 11, 2008
    The Institute of Medicine charged the ad hoc Committee on the Future Health Care Workforce for Older Americans to determine the health care needs of Americans over 65 years of age and to assess those needs through an analysis of the forces that shape the health care workforce, including education and training, models of care, and public and private programs. The resulting report, Retooling for an Aging America: Building the Health Care Workforce, says that as the population of seniors grows to comprise approximately 20 percent of the U.S. population, they will face a health care workforce that is too small and critically unprepared to meet their health needs.
  • Violence Prevention in Low- and Middle-Income Countries ... Released: January 25, 2008
    The current state of science in violence prevention reveals progress, promise, and a number of remaining challenges. In order to fully examine the issue of global violence prevention, the Institute of Medicine in collaboration with Global Violence Prevention Advocacy, convened a workshop and released the workshop summary entitled, Violence Prevention in Low-and Middle-Income Countries.
  • Cancer in Elderly People: Workshop Proceedings : Health and ... Released: March 22, 2007
    The IOM's National Cancer Policy Forum sponsored a public workshop addressing several issues related to cancer and aging; including cancer rehabilitation, increased prevalence of cancer survivors, end of life care, the role of nurses, and Medicare costs in geriatric oncology.
  • Implementing Cancer Survivorship Care Planning: Workshop ... Released: December 22, 2006
    The IOM Committee on Cancer Survivorship: Improving Care and Quality of Life concluded in their 2006 report "From Cancer Patient to Cancer Survivor: Lost in Transition" that cancer survivorship is a distinct phase of the cancer trajectory and that a strategy is needed for the ongoing clinical care of cancer survivors. As a follow-up to the report, the National Cancer Policy Forum of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) held a workshop, "Implementing Cancer Survivorship Care Planning" May 15-16 in Washington DC.
  • Integrating Employee Health: A Model Program for NASA ... Released: May 13, 2005
    In Integrating Employee Health: A Model Program for NASA the committee found that NASA has a history of being forward-looking in designing programs aimed at improving the health and wellness of its employees.
  • Enabling America: Assessing the Role of Rehabilitation ... Released: February 24, 2005
    Advocates for Americans with disabilities have highlighted for the public the economic and social costs of disability and the importance of rehabilitation. Enabling America: Assessing the Role of Rehabilitation Science and Engineering is a major analysis of the field of rehabilitation science and engineering. The book explains how to achieve recognition for this evolving field of study, how to set priorities, and how to improve the organization and administration of the numerous federal research programs in this area.
  • Testosterone and Aging: Clinical Research Directions : Health ... Released: November 11, 2003
    Testosterone has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for treating a limited number of conditions, particularly male hypogonadism, a clinical condition marked by, but not defined solely by, inadequate testosterone production. Testosterone and Aging: Clinical Research Directions assesses what is currently known about the beneficial and adverse health effects of testosterone therapy in older men and provides recommendations regarding clinical trials of this therapy, including the parameters that should be considered in study design and conduct.
  • Como Mejorar el Cuidado Paliativo: Podemos mejorar el ... Released: August 27, 2003
    This booklet summarizes the findings and recommendations of Improving Palliative Care for Cancer (2001), for the Spanish-speaking reader.
  • Improving Palliative Care: We Can Take Better Care of People ... Released: August 19, 2003
    This booklet summarizes the findings and recommendations of Improving Palliative Care for Cancer (2001), for the lay reader.
  • Describing Death in America: What We Need to Know : Health ... Released: April 07, 2003
    This report recommends ways to fill the information gaps by better use of existing nationally-representative data, and through some new measures, in particular, a new, ongoing National Mortality Followback Survey.