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.

  • Healers Abroad: Americans Responding to the Human ... Released: April 19, 2005
    Healers Abroad: Americans Responding to the Human Resource Crisis in HIV/AIDS, recommends that the federal government create and fund an umbrella organization called the United States Global Health Service (GHS) to mobilize the nation's best health care professionals and other experts to help combat HIV/AIDS in hard-hit African, Caribbean, and Southeast Asian countries.
  • Assessing the Quality of Cancer Care: An Approach to ... Released: April 06, 2005
    Assessing the Quality of Cancer Care: An Approach to Measurement in Georgia describes and recommends a set of 52 quality indicators with which the Georgia Cancer Coalition can measure Georgia's progress in improving cancer care and reducing the number of cancer cases and deaths.
  • Quality Through Collaboration: The Future of Rural Health ... Released: November 01, 2004
    Rural America is a vital component of American society. Representing nearly 20 percent of the population, rural communities, like urban landscapes, are rich in cultural diversity. However, the smaller, poorer, and more isolated a rural community is, the more difficult it is to ensure the availability of high-quality health services. The Institute of Medicine report, Quality Through Collaboration: The Future of Rural Health examines the quality of health care in rural America.
  • 1st Annual Crossing the Quality Chasm Summit: A Focus on ... Released: September 14, 2004
    On January 6 and 7, 2004, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) hosted the 1st Annual Crossing the Quality Chasm Summit, convening a diverse group of national and community health care leaders to pool their knowledge and resources with regard to strategies for improving patient care for five common chronic illnesses: asthma, depression, diabetes, heart failure, and pain control in advanced cancer.
  • Improving Medical Education: Enhancing the Behavioral and ... Released: March 24, 2004
    In the report, the committee concluded that there is inadequate information available to sufficiently describe behavioral and social science curriculum content, teaching techniques, and assessment methodologies in U.S. medical schools and recommends development of a new national behavioral and social science database.
  • In the Nation's Compelling Interest: Ensuring Diversity in the ... Released: February 05, 2004
    The report examines institutional and policy-level strategies - defined as specific policies and programs of health professions schools, their associations and accreditation bodies, health care systems/organizations, and state and federal governments - to increase diversity among health professionals.
  • Meeting the Psychosocial Needs of Women with Breast ... Released: January 28, 2004
    Meeting Psychosocial Needs of Women with Breast Cancer examines the psychological consequences of the cancer experience. The report focuses specifically on breast cancer in women because this group has the largest survivor population (over two million) and is the most extensively studied cancer from the standpoint of psychological effects.
  • Keeping Patients Safe: Transforming the Work Environment of ... Released: November 03, 2003
    Keeping Patients Safe: Transforming the Work Environment of Nurses identifies solutions to problems in hospital, nursing home, and other health care organization work environments that threaten patient safety through their effect on nursing care. A companion to the Institute of Medicine's earlier patient safety report, To Err is Human, the report puts forth a blueprint of actions that all health care organizations which rely on nurses should take.
  • Research Training in Psychiatry Residency: Strategies for ... Released: October 08, 2003
    The number of adult and child and adolescent psychiatrist-researchers does not seem to be keeping pace with the needs and opportunities that exist in brain and behavioral medicine. An IOM committee conducted a broad review of the state of patient-oriented research training in the context of the psychiatric residency, and considered the obstacles to such training and strategies for overcoming those obstacles. Careful consideration was given to the demands of clinical training.
  • Who Will Keep the Public Healthy? : Health and Medicine ... Released: August 04, 2003
    On May 22, 2003 in Washington, DC the Institute of Medicine held a workshop to explore the recently released report, Who Will Keep the Public Healthy? Educating Public Health Professionals for the 21st Century. Representatives of the public health practice and academic communities joined to review the report and to discuss how to proceed to implement the recommendations of this report. This summary is a report of that meeting. It includes suggestions from the six workgroups for next steps necessary to move forward in implementing the recommendations.