Thursday, December 9, 2010

Important News About Health Care Today

 

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The Institute of Medicine of the National Academies has released several reports at the beginning of December.

  • For the Public’s Health: The Role of Measurement in Action and Accountability Released: December 8, 2010

    Despite having the costliest medical care delivery system in the world, Americans are not particularly healthy. While this information is alarming, the bigger problem is that we do not know how to reverse this trend. Our lack of knowledge is due in large part to significant inadequacies in the system for gathering, analyzing, and communicating health information about the population. In this report, the IOM reviews current approaches for measuring the health of individuals and communities and creates a roadmap for future development.

 

  • The Science of Adolescent Risk-Taking - Workshop Summary Released: December 1, 2010

    Adolescence is a time when youth make decisions, both good and bad, that have consequences for the rest of their lives. Some of these decisions put them at risk of lifelong health problems, injury, or death. The IOM held three public workshops between 2008 and 2009 to provide a venue for researchers, health care providers, and community leaders to discuss strategies to improve adolescent health.

  • Redesigning the Clinical Effectiveness Research Paradigm: Innovation and Practice-Based Approaches - Workshop Summary Released: December 6, 2010

    Currently, a substantial gap exists between the knowledge needed and that available for medical care decisions. The IOM Roundtable on Value & Science-Driven Health Care sponsored a meeting to explore the methods, data resources, tools, and techniques that are emerging in the new generation of accelerated clinical research approaches.

  • The Science of Adolescent Risk-Taking - Workshop Summary Released: December 1, 2010

    Adolescence is a time when youth make decisions, both good and bad, that have consequences for the rest of their lives. Some of these decisions put them at risk of lifelong health problems, injury, or death. The IOM held three public workshops between 2008 and 2009 to provide a venue for researchers, health care providers, and community leaders to discuss strategies to improve adolescent health.

  • The Safe Use Initiative and Health Literacy: A Workshop - Workshop Summary Released: December 1, 2010

    Every year at least 1.5 million people suffer adverse effects from medication. These problems occur because people misunderstand labels, are unaware of drug interactions, or otherwise use medication improperly. The Food and Drug Administration’s Safe Use Initiative seeks to identify preventable medication risks and develop solutions to them. The IOM held a workshop to discuss the FDA’s Safe Use Initiative and other efforts to improve drug labeling and safety.

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