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.


  • Interpreting the Volume-Outcome Relationship in the Context ... Released: July 12, 2001
    This follow-up White Paper provides further recommendations regarding implementation and research. A systematic review of the literature on the volume-outcome relationship for cancer surgery is included as an appendix.
  • The Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Lecture 2001: Exploring ... Released: January 31, 2001
    The Rosenthal lecture included in this volume captures a panel discussion on complementary and alternative medicine.
  • Institutional Review Boards and Health Services Research ... Released: January 01, 2000
    The Institute of Medicine (IOM) and the Committee on the Role of Institutional Review Boards in Health Services Research Data Privacy Protection hosted a workshop on March 13-14, 2000, to gather and to exchange information on the protection of human subjects in health services research (HSR).
  • Exposure of the American People to Iodine-131 from Nevada ... Released: September 01, 1999
    In 1997, after more than a decade of research, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) released a report which provided their assessment of radiation exposures that Americans may have received from radioactive iodine released from the atomic bomb tests conducted in Nevada during the 1950s and early 1960s. This book provides an evaluation of the soundness of the methodology used by the NCI study to estimate: Past radiation doses; Possible health consequences of exposure to iodine-131; Implications for clinical practice; Possible public health strategies--such as systematic screening for thyroid cancer--to respond to the exposures.
  • Report on Sponsors of Cancer Treatment Clinical Trials and ... Released: February 01, 1999
    This report for the National Cancer Policy Board (NCPB) describes the procedures currently in place in the United States for approving and monitoring clinical trials of cancer treatments. Virtually all cancer clinical trials are funded by agencies of the federal government or the pharmaceutical industry, so the focus is on the requirements for each of these groups. The report is intended as a jumping off point for the NCPB to consider some of the pressing policy issues surrounding clinical trials in cancer, though as yet, no specific follow-on projects have been initiated.
  • The Computer-Based Patient Record: An Essential ... Released: January 01, 1997
    Most industries have plunged into data automation, but health care organizations have lagged in moving patients' medical records from paper to computers. In its first edition (1991), this book presented a blueprint for introducing the computer-based patient record (CPR). The revised edition adds new information to the original book.
  • Dental Education at the Crossroads: Challenges and ... Released: January 01, 1995
    This comprehensive volume--the first to cover the education, research, and patient care missions of dental schools--offers specific recommendations on oral health assessment, access to dental care, dental school curricula, financing for education, research priorities, examinations and licensing, workforce planning, and other key areas.
  • Health Data in the Information Age: Use, Disclosure, and ... Released: January 01, 1994
    Based on experience with databases now in operation and in development, Health Data in the Information Age provides a clear set of guidelines and principles for exploiting the potential benefits of aggregated health data--without jeopardizing confidentiality.