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.


  • The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health ... Released: October 05, 2010
    The United States has the opportunity to transform its health care system, and nurses, as the largest segment of the nation’s health care workforce, can and should play a fundamental role in this transformation. In this report the IOM makes recommendations for an action-oriented blueprint for the future of nursing.
  • A Summary of the February 2010 Forum on the Future of ... Released: August 31, 2010
    The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Initiative on the Future of Nursing, at the IOM, seeks to build a blueprint for the future of nursing as part of larger efforts to reform the health care system. The Initiative held three public forums to explore challenges and opportunities in the nursing profession. The third forum was held on February 22, 2010 in Houston, and examined nursing education.
  • Assessing the Effects of the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill on Human ... Released: August 10, 2010
    The 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill is unprecedented, and its effects on the overall health of individuals remain uncertain. The IOM held a public workshop June 22-23 to examine many factors that could impact how public health officials choose to monitor the potential health effects of the Gulf oil spill and related clean-up activities.
  • Leadership Commitments to Improve Value in Healthcare ... Released: June 14, 2010
    The U.S. health care system is large, dynamic, complex, and multifaceted. It consists of many participants often working in unassociated or fragmented ways that compromise the quality and value of care. The IOM hosted a workshop to discuss how to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of health care.
  • A Summary of the December 2009 Forum on the Future of ... Released: June 03, 2010
    The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Initiative on the Future of Nursing, at the IOM, seeks to build a blueprint for the future of nursing as part of larger efforts to reform the health care system. The second of the Initiative’s three forums, held on December 3, 2009, examined care in the community, focusing on community health; public health; primary care; and long-term care.
  • A Summary of the October 2009 Forum on the Future of ... Released: April 14, 2010
    The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Initiative on the Future of Nursing, at the IOM, seeks to transform nursing as part of larger efforts to reform the health care system. The first of the Initiative’s three forums was held on October 19, 2009, and focused on safety, technology, and interdisciplinary collaboration in acute care.
  • Value in Health Care: Accounting for Cost, Quality, Safety ... Released: December 16, 2009
    The Roundtable on Evidence-Based Medicine held a workshop to facilitate public understanding and discussions of value in health care. This report summarizes the workshop discussions.
  • Integrative Medicine and the Health of the Public: A Summary ... Released: November 04, 2009
    On February 25-27, 2009, the Institute of Medicine convened the Summit on Integrative Medicine and the Health of the Public in Washington, DC. The Summit brought together more than 600 scientists, academic leaders, policy experts, health practitioners, advocates, and other participants from many disciplines to examine the practice of integrative medicine, its scientific basis, and its potential for improving health.
  • The Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Lecture 2008: Prospects for ... Released: March 08, 2009
    Through the generosity of the Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Foundation, a lecture series was established in 1988 at the Institute of Medicine to bring to greater attention some of the critical health policy issues facing our country today. Each year a topic of special policy relevance is selected and addressed during an evening lecture. The 2008 Rosenthal Lecture featured a talk on Prospects for Health Reform in 2009 and Beyond. The distinguished speaker was Julie Rovner, National Public Radio correspondent and health expert, with introduction by Harvey V. Fineberg, MD, PhD.
  • HHS in the 21st Century: Charting a New Course for a ... Released: December 09, 2008
    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)—which boasts the largest budget of any federal department, spending approximately 2 billion dollars a day—profoundly affects the lives of all Americans. At the request of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, the IOM’s December 2008 report HHS in the 21st Century assesses whether HHS is “ideally organized” to meet the enduring and emerging health challenges facing our nation.