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.


  • Current Status and Response to the Global Obesity Pandemic ... Released: January 11, 2019
    On October 9, 2018, the Roundtable on Obesity Solutions, held a public workshop titled “Current Status and Response to the Global Obesity Pandemic” in Washington, DC. The workshop examined the status of the global obesity pandemic and explored approaches used to manage the problem in different settings around the world.
  • Integrating Health Care and Social Services for People with ... Released: January 10, 2019
    The Roundtable on Quality Care for People with Serious Illness of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine held a public workshop on July 19, 2018 to explore the challenges and opportunities related to integrating health care and social services for people with serious illness.
  • Understanding and Overcoming the Challenge of Obesity and ... Released: January 03, 2019
    On May 7, 2018, the Roundtable on Obesity Solutions held a workshop titled “Understanding and Overcoming the Challenge of Obesity and Overweight in the Armed Forces.”
  • Improving Care to Prevent Suicide Among People with ... Released: December 28, 2018
    On September 11–12, 2018, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine held a workshop in Washington, DC, to discuss what is known, what is currently being done, and what needs to be done to identify and reduce suicide risk among people with serious mental illness in the United States.
  • Advancing the Science of Patient Input in Medical Product ... Released: December 13, 2018
    On May 9, 2018, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine held a workshop titled Advancing the Science of Patient Input in Medical Product R&D: Towards a Research Agenda. This workshop, hosted by the Forum on Drug Discovery, Development, and Translation, focused on the science of patient input for medical product research and development (R&D), with consideration of downstream regulatory and post-market decision making.
  • Reusable Elastomeric Respirators in Health Care ... Released: December 06, 2018
    Reusable respirators (specifically, reusable half-facepiece elastomeric respirators) are the standard respiratory protection device used in many industries. Their durability and reusability make them desirable for stockpiling for emergencies, during which large volumes of respirators can be needed. Until now, options for using reusable half-facepiece elastomeric respirators in routine and surge use in health care have not been fully explored.
  • Considerations for the Design of a Systematic Review of Care ... Released: December 05, 2018
    Research on care interventions for individuals with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias, as well as on interventions aimed at their caregivers, has expanded tremendously in recent years. The National Institute on Aging has initiated a study with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to take stock of the current state of knowledge and inform decision making about which care interventions for individuals with dementia and their caregivers are ready for dissemination and implementation on a broad scale.
  • Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder ... Released: November 30, 2018
    On October 30 and 31, 2018, the Committee on Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) for Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) held a 1.5-day workshop in Washington, DC. To support the dissemination of accurate patient-focused information about treatments for opioid use disorder, and to help provide scientific solutions to the current opioid crisis, an ad hoc committee of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine was created to conduct a study of the evidence base on Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) for Opioid Use Disorder (OUD).
  • Gulf War and Health: Volume 11: Generational Health Effects ... Released: November 28, 2018
    In response to health concerns of Gulf War veterans, Congress in 1998 directed the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to contract with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to evaluate the scientific and medical literature regarding associations between illness and exposure to the toxic agents, environmental and wartime hazards, and preventive medicines and vaccines associated with Gulf War service.
  • Harnessing Mobile Devices for Nervous System Disorders ... Released: November 19, 2018
    To explore current developments and opportunities for using mobile technology to advance research and treatment of central nervous system (CNS) disorders, the National Academies’ Forum on Neuroscience and Nervous System Disorders hosted a workshop on June 5–6, 2018.