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November 2008

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Recent Research

Key element of high-quality primary care for the vulnerable elderly

Caring for the vulnerable elderly is a complex task. This research identifies important outcomes for that population and the key processes needed to achieve them. There is also discussion on restructuring the links in primary care practices to provide enhanced service.

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Method deployed to control for assumptions in drug treatment studies

The method of "principal stratification" can be used to control for assumptions made when estimating the effects of institutional treatment. These estimates can be inaccurate because institutions present high-risk environments for test subjects and assumed conditions within them may not be met.

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Regional networks provide opportunity for global surveillance and control of infectious diseases

Case studies from the Mekong Basin and the Middle East suggest that regional infectious disease surveillance networks can facilitate implementation of the International Health Regulations.

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Selecting mandatory workers' compensation treatment guidelines

Steps for selecting the mandatory treatment guidelines for workers' compensation systems should be carefully planned and transparent.

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Vulnerable populations disproportionately fear terrorism

The mentally ill, disabled, minorities, and non-US citizens worry more about terrorism and avoid activities because of their fears.

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Families with HIV-positive parents express fear about transmission

Fears of transmission experienced by HIV-infected parents and their children are often based on misconceptions and could be combated by counseling from pediatricians.

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Patient-physician discussions make a difference

Discussions between the patient and physician about surgical treatment for breast cancer treatment increase the patient's satisfaction, no mater what treatment she receives.

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Reducing stigma is key to fighting the AIDs epidemic in Africa

Interviews with the directors of 29 nongovernmental organizations in Africa reveal that the substantial stigma associated with HIV creates significant barriers to prevention efforts.

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Integrative medicine raises tough questions

Six articles explore causes, consequences, and other aspects of integrative medicine's development in four major Western nations.

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See also: Trials and Tribulations on the Road to Implementing Integrative Medicine in a Hospital Setting
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Method deployed to control for assumptions in drug treatment studies

The method of "principal stratification" can be used to control for assumptions made when estimating the effects of institutional treatment. These estimates can be inaccurate because institutions present high-risk environments for test subjects and assumed conditions within them may not be met.

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Read moreMore substance abuse research

Announcements

RAND Researcher interviewed after writing book on gender differences

RAND Researchers Chloe E. Bird and co-author Patricia P. Rieker were recently interviewed in The Network News. The two discussed their recent book, Gender and Health: Constrained Choices and Social Policies, which covers gender differences in illness and longevity.

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Special Feature

Influences on Adolescent Sexual Behavior

RAND Health has worked on multiple studies identifying the predictors and consequences of adolescent sexual intercourse. The most recent work, by Dr. Anita Chandra, is the first study to demonstrate a link between exposure to sexual content on television and the experience of a pregnancy before the age of 20.

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Research Highlights &
Fact Sheets

A Step Forward in Accountability for Public Health Emergency Preparedness: Developing Standards for Mass Antibiotic Dispensing

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Exposure to Sex on TV May Increase the Chance of Teen Pregnancy

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Identity Crisis? Approaches to Patient Identification in a National Health Information Network

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Congressional Newsletter

The November RAND Health Congressional newsletter includes research that finds a link between viewing sexual content on television and subsequent teen pregnancy, and research on improving accountability in public health emergency preparedness

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