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.
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Examining the Impact of Real-World Evidence on Medical Product Development: Proceedings of a Workshop Series
Released: February 06, 2019
The Forum convened a three-part workshop series, sponsored by the FDA, examining how real-world evidence development and uptake could enhance medical product development and evaluation. The workshops advanced discussions and common knowledge about complex issues relating to the generation and use of real-world evidence, including fostering development and implementation of the science and technology of real-world evidence generation and utilization.
Advancing the Science of Patient Input in Medical Product R&D: Towards a Research Agenda: Proceedings of a Workshop—in Brief
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: Considerations for Routine and Surge Use
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 Interventions for Individuals with Dementia and Their Caregivers: Letter Report
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: Proceedings of a Workshop—in Brief
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 of Serving in the Gulf War
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.