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.


  • Improving the Quality of Health Care for Mental and ... Released: November 01, 2005
    This report, Improving the Quality of Health Care for Mental and Substance-Use Conditions: Quality Chasm Series, examines those differences, finds that the Quality Chasm framework is applicable to health care for mental and substance-use conditions, and describes a multifaceted and comprehensive strategy to do so.
  • 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.
  • Saving Women's Lives: Strategies for Improving Breast ... Released: November 15, 2004
    In this report The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) and the Institute of Medicine (IOM) present a one-day symposium that was held at the IOM to further disseminate the conclusions and recommendations of the joint IOM and National Research Council report Saving Women's Lives: Strategies for Improving Breast Cancer Detection and Diagnosis.
  • Saving Women's Lives: Strategies for Improving Breast ... Released: June 10, 2004
    This report from the Institute of Medicine says that one of the biggest problems facing women today is that their access to breast cancer screening is endangered due to a shortage of breast imaging specialists. While new technologies hold promise for increasing the accuracy of breast cancer detection, improving access to mammography and broadening the pool of medical personnel who can interpret mammograms offer the greatest potential for immediately reducing the number of lives lost to breast cancer in the United States.
  • Developing Technologies for Early Detection of Breast Cancer ... Released: April 04, 2003
    The first workshop on "Developing Technologies for Early Breast Cancer Detection" was held in Washington DC in February 2000. The content of the presentations at the workshop is summarized here.
  • Fulfilling the Potential of Cancer Prevention and Early ... Released: March 12, 2003
    Fulfilling the Potential of Cancer Prevention and Early Detection: An American Cancer Society and Institute of Medicine Symposium reports a symposium held in June 2003 to disseminate the findings from a previously released IOM National Cancer Policy Board report on cancer prevention and to discuss ways in which the recommendations of that report might be realized.
  • Saving Women's Lives: Strategies for Improving Breast ... Released: January 28, 2003
    The National Cancer Policy Board, in collaboration with the Board on Science and Technology and Economic Policy, has launched a new study to explore the most effective strategies for accelerating the flow of medical innovations from the stage of promising technology to the clinic, where they can be used to improve the outlook for breast cancer patients.
  • Responsible Research: A Systems Approach to Protecting ... Released: October 03, 2002
    Broader federal oversight is needed to ensure that all people who take part in research studies, regardless of whether they are publicly or privately funded, have the same necessary protections for their health and well-being, says the report, Responsible Research: A Systems Approach to Protecting Research Participants.
  • Preparing for Terrorism: Tools for Evaluating the Metropolitan ... Released: July 28, 2002
    DHHS asked the Institute of Medicine (IOM) to assist in assessing the effectiveness of the MMRS program by developing appropriate evaluation methods, tools, and processes to assess both its own management of the program and local preparedness in the cities that have participated in the program.
  • Making the Nation Safer: The Role of Science and Technology ... Released: June 25, 2002
    Vulnerabilities abound in U.S. society. The openness and efficiency of our key infrastructures — transportation, information and telecommunications systems, health systems, the electric power grid, emergency response units, food and water supplies, and others — make them susceptible to terrorist attacks. Making the Nation Safer discusses technical approaches to mitigating these vulnerabilities.