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.”
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • Understanding Disparities in Access to Genomic Medicine ... Released: November 14, 2018
    To address potential gaps in access to these care services, the Roundtable on Genomics and Precision Health hosted a public workshop on June 27, 2018 that explored disparities in access that exist across different communities (e.g., in medically underserved areas and populations, across different racial/ethnic groups, and socioeconomic levels).
  • Health Literacy and Older Adults: Reshaping the Landscape ... Released: October 22, 2018
    To gain a better understanding of the health communication challenges among older adults and their professional and family caregivers and how those challenges affect the care older adults receive, the Roundtable on Health Literacy convened a 1-day public workshop which explored the effect of low health literacy on the health of older adults.
  • Understanding the Economics of Microbial Threats ... Released: October 15, 2018
    On June 11-12, 2018, the Forum on Microbial Threats at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine organized a 1.5-day public workshop to assess the current understanding of the interaction of infectious disease threats with economic activity and suggest new areas of research. This workshop built on prior work of the Forum and aimed to build more mutual understanding between those in the economic world and those with public health and clinical experience. Through multisectoral participation, topics in the workshop identified potential knowledge gaps, research priorities for further exploration, and strategies to advance the field in understanding the economics of microbial threats.
  • Implementing Quality Measures for Accountability in ... Released: October 01, 2018
    The Roundtable on Quality Care for People with Serious Illness of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine held a public workshop on April 17, 2018 in Washington, D.C., to explore the challenges and opportunities related to implementing quality measures for accountability purposes in community-based care for people with serious illness.