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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.


  • Improving the Quality of Cancer Clinical Trials. Workshop ... Released: May 13, 2008
    Scientists and clinicians seek a new paradigm that could improve the efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and overall success rate of cancer clinical trials, while maintaining the highest standards of quality. To explore innovative paradigms for cancer clinical trials and other ways to improve their quality, the National Cancer Policy Forum held a workshop, Improving the Quality of Cancer Clinical Trials, in Washington, DC. The main goals of the workshop were to examine new approaches to clinical trial design and execution.
  • 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.
  • The Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Lecture 2007 ... Released: March 20, 2008
    The 2007 Rosenthal Lecture featured a panel talk on Transforming Today’s Health Care Workforce to Meet Tomorrow’s Demands
  • Research Priorities in Emergency Preparedness and ... Released: January 22, 2008
    Schools of public health act as a resource by providing expertise to strengthen our nation's emergency response systems. In response to the Pandemic and All Hazards Preparedness Act (PAHPA) (Public Law 109–417, 2006, § 101 et seq.) there is an immediate and critical need to define research priorities for the Centers for Public Health Preparedness (CPHP) at schools of public health. It is because of this crucial need, that the Institute of Medicine (IOM) convened an ad hoc committee, conducted a fast-track study, and issued the letter report entitled Research Priorities in Emergency Preparedness and Response for Public Health Systems.
  • Cancer Care for the Whole Patient: Meeting Psychosocial ... Released: October 15, 2007
    Cancer care today often provides state-of-the-science biomedical treatment, but fails to address the psychological and social (psychosocial) problems associated with the illness. Today, it is not possible to deliver good-quality cancer care without addressing patients’ psychosocial health needs. All patients with cancer and their families should expect and receive cancer care that ensures the provision of appropriate psychosocial health services. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) asked the Institute of Medicine (IOM) to study the delivery of psychosocial services to cancer patients and their families and identify ways to improve it.
  • Preparing for an Influenza Pandemic: Personal Protective ... Released: September 18, 2007
    During an influenza pandemic, healthcare workers will be on the front lines delivering care to patients and preventing further spread of the disease. One vital aspect of pandemic influenza planning is the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) that will be used by healthcare workers and others in their day-to-day patient care responsibilities. In 2006, the National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory (NPPTL) at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) asked the Institute of Medicine (IOM) to conduct a study on the personal protective equipment needed by healthcare workers in the event of an influenza pandemic.
  • Cancer-Related Genetic Testing and Counseling. Workshop ... Released: August 20, 2007
    The Institute of Medicine’s National Cancer Policy Forum held a workshop and released the proceedings entitled Cancer-Related Genetic Testing and Counseling. The workshop focused on the fact that genetic testing and counseling are becoming more complex and important for informing patients and families of the risks and benefits of certain courses of action, but at the same time organized expert programs are in short supply. The workshop covered the scientific and clinical aspects of genetic testing and counseling as well as workforce and reimbursement issues, among others.
  • Training Physicians for Public Health Careers : Health and ... Released: June 06, 2007
    Public health efforts have resulted in tremendous improvements in the health of individuals and communities through preventive health services, vaccines, improved sanitation and hygiene, safer workplaces, and enhanced food and drug safety. However, despite the achievements of public health, there is a growing shortage of public health workers, including a critical shortage of public health physicians, and many public health workers are inadequately prepared to face today’s public health challenges.
  • Future of Emergency Care: Dissemination Workshop ... Released: May 17, 2007
    The IOM Committee on the Future of Emergency Care was formed in September 2003 to examine the full scope of emergency care; explore its strengths, limitations, and challenges; create a vision for the future of the system; and make recommendations to help the nation achieve that vision. Future of Emergency Care: Dissemination Workshop Summaries is the result of three regional IOM workshops conducted across the country, and a fourth capstone workshop conducted in Washington, DC.
  • The Learning Healthcare System : Health and Medicine ... Released: March 30, 2007
    The Roundtable serves as a neutral venue for cooperative work among key stakeholders on several dimensions: to help transform the availability and use of the best evidence for the collaborative health care choices of each patient and provider; to drive the process of discovery as a natural outgrowth of patient care; and, ultimately, to ensure innovation, quality, safety, and value in health care.