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RAND Health is one of the largest independent health research groups in the world. For more than 45 years, RAND Health researchers have been conducting objective, nonpartisan research and analysis that has contributed to health policymaking in the United States and other countries.

  • Sleep

    U.S. Soldiers Denied Sleep Suffer Major Health Effects

    May 11, 2015

    More than 60 percent of service members don't get the recommended seven to eight hours of sleep per night. About a third get by on five hours or less. The military, and society at large, needs to recognize the importance of sleep as a crucial link to physical and mental well-being.

  • Public Health Preparedness

    As Ebola Declines, Lessons Emerge

    May 7, 2015

    Lessons learned through the analysis of this most recent Ebola outbreak as well as other disease outbreaks can have far-reaching consequences, helping authorities to both improve the continuing, ongoing response and plan for the best possible response to future threats.

  • Caregivers

    Caring for Our Nation's Hidden Heroes?

    May 7, 2015

    Thanks to a growing list of more than 100 organizations that have pledged their commitment as members of the Elizabeth Dole Foundation's National Coalition for Military Caregivers, our nation is taking long overdue action to support both our wounded warriors and those who care for them.

Key Topics

  • Affordable Care Act

    The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) represents one of the most sweeping reforms of the U.S. health care system ever enacted. RAND’s work on the ACA has focused on four key policy areas: costs and coverage, individual and small business marketplaces, Medicaid expansion, and payment reform and new models of care.

  • Organizing Care

    How individuals access and experience care depends on far more than health insurance. RAND Health addresses questions about organization of care, new approaches to providing care, and innovative delivery approaches.

  • Quality of Care

    Improving care is a long-term, complex challenge. In a series spanning decades, RAND has confronted this challenge by helping establishing the scientific basis for defining and measuring quality of care.

  • Healthy Populations and Communities

    Good health depends on more than health care. Health behaviors and the social and physical environment exert strong influences on community health. RAND's work examines many of these influences, such as substance use, obesity, workplace wellness, and neighborhood effects on health.

  • Health Tools

    Developing tools for improving health is part of RAND Health's ongoing commitment to translating research into real-world solutions. We give individuals, organizations, and government the tools to help them define—and tackle—their own challenges.

  • Paying for Care

    Over the last four decades, public and private sectors have experimented with payment approaches, motivating providers to deliver better care at lower cost. RAND Health has led the way in efforts to understand the links between physician payment, quality of care, and system cost.