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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.


  • Preparing for the Future of HIV/AIDS in Africa: A Shared ... Released: November 29, 2010
    HIV/AIDS is a catastrophe globally but nowhere more so than in sub-Saharan Africa, which in 2009 accounted for 68 percent of cases worldwide and 69 percent of new infections. The IOM recommends that the United States and African nations move toward a strategy of shared responsibility such that these nations are empowered to take ownership of their HIV/AIDS problem and work to solve it.
  • 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.
  • Extending the Spectrum of Precompetitive Collaboration in ... Released: July 22, 2010
    The IOM’s National Cancer Policy Forum held a workshop February 9-10, 2010, to explore the growing importance of precompetitive collaboration in oncology drug development. Speakers discussed the advantages and challenges of collaborating with competitors to achieve goals with the potential to benefit everyone, and offered lessons learned and best practices to facilitate future precompetitive collaboration.
  • 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.
  • Regionalizing Emergency Care. Workshop Summary : Health ... Released: March 22, 2010
    During medical emergencies, hospital staff and emergency medical services providers, can face barriers in delivering the fastest and best possible care. In 2006, the IOM recommended that the federal government implement a regionalized emergency care system to improve cooperation and overcome these challenges. Three years later, the IOM held a workshop to assess the nation’s progress toward regionalizing emergency care.
  • Provision of Mental Health Counseling Services under ... Released: February 12, 2010
    In this report, the IOM makes recommendations for permitting independent practice for mental health counselors treating patients within TRICARE—the DOD’s health care benefits program. This would change current policy, which requires all counselors to practice under a physician’s supervision without regard to their education, training, licensure or experience.
  • Redesigning Continuing Education in the Health Professions ... Released: December 04, 2009
    Today’s professional health workforce is not consistently prepared to provide high quality health care and assure patient safety. Redesigning Continuing Education in the Health Professions examines continuing education for all health professionals, explores development of a national continuing education institute, and offers guidance on the establishment and operation of an institute to develop a coordinated continuing professional development system.
  • Assessing and Improving Value in Cancer Care. Workshop ... Released: November 04, 2009
    Like other areas of health care, oncology is under pressure to control expenses while improving patient outcomes and the quality of care. Unlike many other areas of health care, however, oncology faces unique challenges that can make it especially difficult to control costs. On February 9-10, 2009, the National Cancer Policy Forum held a workshop to explore these issues from multiple perspectives, including those of patients and patient advocates, providers, insurers, health care researchers, federal agencies, and industry. Assessing and Improving the Value in Cancer Care summarizes workshop discussions and presentations.