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.


  • Integrating Employee Health: A Model Program for NASA ... Released: May 13, 2005
    In Integrating Employee Health: A Model Program for NASA the committee found that NASA has a history of being forward-looking in designing programs aimed at improving the health and wellness of its employees.
  • Enabling America: Assessing the Role of Rehabilitation ... Released: February 24, 2005
    Advocates for Americans with disabilities have highlighted for the public the economic and social costs of disability and the importance of rehabilitation. Enabling America: Assessing the Role of Rehabilitation Science and Engineering is a major analysis of the field of rehabilitation science and engineering. The book explains how to achieve recognition for this evolving field of study, how to set priorities, and how to improve the organization and administration of the numerous federal research programs in this area.
  • Testosterone and Aging: Clinical Research Directions : Health ... Released: November 11, 2003
    Testosterone has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for treating a limited number of conditions, particularly male hypogonadism, a clinical condition marked by, but not defined solely by, inadequate testosterone production. Testosterone and Aging: Clinical Research Directions assesses what is currently known about the beneficial and adverse health effects of testosterone therapy in older men and provides recommendations regarding clinical trials of this therapy, including the parameters that should be considered in study design and conduct.
  • Como Mejorar el Cuidado Paliativo: Podemos mejorar el ... Released: August 27, 2003
    This booklet summarizes the findings and recommendations of Improving Palliative Care for Cancer (2001), for the Spanish-speaking reader.
  • Improving Palliative Care: We Can Take Better Care of People ... Released: August 19, 2003
    This booklet summarizes the findings and recommendations of Improving Palliative Care for Cancer (2001), for the lay reader.
  • Describing Death in America: What We Need to Know : Health ... Released: April 07, 2003
    This report recommends ways to fill the information gaps by better use of existing nationally-representative data, and through some new measures, in particular, a new, ongoing National Mortality Followback Survey.
  • Improving Palliative Care for Cancer: Summary and ... Released: April 04, 2003
    The National Cancer Policy Board undertook this study to identify the barriers and challenges that limit palliative care and to propose solutions. The report identifies the special needs of cancer patients and the importance of the clinical and research establishment involved in cancer care to take a leadership role in modeling the best quality care from diagnosis to death for all Americans.
  • The Role of Nutrition in Maintaining Health in the Nation's ... Released: January 01, 2000
    Malnutrition and obesity are both common among Americans over age 65. There are also a host of other medical conditions from which older people and other Medicare beneficiaries suffer that could be improved with appropriate nutritional intervention. Despite that, access to a nutrition professional is very limited. This book addresses these questions, provides recommendations for nutrition services for the elderly, and considers how the coverage policy should be approached and practiced.
  • Working Together: We Can Help People Get Good Care When ... Released: January 01, 2000
    This 16-page booklet summarizes the findings from the 1997 report, Approaching Death: Improving Care at the End of Life, for the lay reader.