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.

Reports Index


  • Systems of Accountability: Implementing Children's Health Insurance Programs Released: January 01, 1998
    This report describes the responsibilities of Congress, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), and the states in implementing and evaluating SCHIP. The report presents a framework and recommendations for designing systems of accountability for SCHIP as states take a variety of steps to reduce the number of uninsured children.
  • Scientific Opportunities and Public Needs: Improving Priority Setting and Public Input at NIH Released: January 01, 1998
    As NIH's success has grown, so has pressure from advocacy groups and other members of the public to devote more spending to their health concerns. In response to a request from Congress, this IOM study reviewed NIH's research priority-setting process and made recommendations for possible improvement.
  • Statement on Quality of Care: National Roundtable on Health Care Quality--The Urgent Need to Improve Health Care Quality Released: January 01, 1998
    The National Roundtable on Health Care Quality, convened by the Institute of Medicine, a component of the National Academy of Sciences, comprised 20 representatives of the private and public sectors, practicing medicine and nursing, representing academia, business, consumer advocacy, and the health media, and including the heads of federal health programs. The roundtable met 6 times between February 1996 and January 1998. It explored ongoing, rapid changes in health care and the implications of these changes for the quality of health and health care in the United States.
  • Non-Heart-Beating Organ Transplantation: Medical and Ethical Issues in Procurement Released: January 01, 1998
    This book examines transplantation supply and demand, historical and modern conceptions of non-heart-beating donors, and organ procurement organizations and transplant program policies, and contains recommendations concerning the principles and ethical issues surrounding the topic.
  • Leading Health Indicators for Healthy People 2010: First Interim Report Released: January 01, 1998
    The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) requested that the Institute of Medicine (IOM) convene a committee of experts to participate in a three-phase project to develop a set of leading health indicators to complement and expand the Healthy People 2010 program.
  • Internet Access to the National Library of Medicine's Toxicology and Environmental Health Databases Released: January 01, 1998
    During the development phase of the TOXNET Web site, the NLM requested that the Institute of Medicine conduct a study that would assess the usefulness and effectiveness of this new Web site.
  • Gender Differences in Susceptibility to Environmental Factors: A Priority Assessment Released: January 01, 1998
    In 1996 the Office for Research on Women's Health at the National Institutes of Health asked the Institute of Medicine to conduct a workshop study to review some of the current federal research programs devoted to women's health and to clarify the state of knowledge regarding gender-related differences in susceptibility. This book contains a general outline of research needs, a summary of the workshop proceedings (as well as summaries of the speakers' presentations), and an analysis of the participating federal agencies' research portfolios.
  • From Generation to Generation: The Health and Well-Being of Children in Immigrant Families Released: January 01, 1998
    From Generation to Generation explores what we know about the development of white, black, Hispanic, and Asian children and youth from numerous countries of origin. Describing the status of immigrant children and youth as "severely understudied," the committee both draws on and supplements existing research to characterize the current status and outlook of immigrant children.
  • Contraceptive Research, Development, and Use: Lessons from Norplant Released: January 01, 1998
    In April 1997 an Institute of Medicine workshop on implant contraceptives reviewed newly available data on Norplant's efficacy, safety, and use; identified lessons to be learned about the method's development, introduction, use, and market experience; and explored approaches to developing and introducing new contraceptives based on those lessons.
  • Bridging the Gap Between Practice and Research: Forging Partnerships with Community-Based Drug and Alcohol Treatment Released: January 01, 1998
    Informed by real-life experiences in addiction treatment including workshops and site visits, Bridging the Gap Between Practice and Research examines why research remains remote from treatment and makes specific recommendations to community providers, federal and state agencies, and other decisionmakers.