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September 2009

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Special Feature

40 years of informing the Health care debate
RAND Health: Analyzing the core issues in health care reform

For forty years, RAND analysts have been providing objective research on many of the topics now at the heart of the health reform debate.

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Recent Research

Life transitions and high-risk youth

This study examined behavioral patterns of interpersonal crime, substance use, and emotional problems over seven years for a sample of high-risk male youth and found that some major transitions were associated with reduced involvement in delinquency and problem behaviors.

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Depressed teens may acknowledge they have a problem but many are not yet ready to seek treatment

Depressed teens in primary care settings who say they are ready for treatment are much more likely to receive it.

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Neighborhood characteristics affect bodily wear and tear

Living in a socioeconomically disadvantaged neighborhood in the United States is associated with significantly greater biological wear and tear, suggesting that policies to improve neighborhood socioeconomic status could yield health returns.

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The burden pain for heart failure patients

Shortness of breath and fatigue are hallmark symptoms of heart failure; however, pain may be an underrecognized symptom among heart failure patients.

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Paying for episodes of care: are we ready?

Many health care reform proposals suggest using of episodes of care as a basis for payment and performance measurement, but much remains unknown about how to define and apply the concept of episode.

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Are hospitals getting safer?

Hospitals are actively adopting practices to reduce errors, but much remains to be done.

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I’ll eat my veggies if you will...

Men’s decisions to eat a healthy diet are more influenced by what they think others do than by health or cost information. Women are not similarly influenced.

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Adolescents overestimate their chance of dying soon

Adolescents report an exaggerated sense of mortality; estimates are higher for youth who report direct threats, such as an unsafe neighborhood.

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Programs to improve depression care for youth have long-term benefits

A collaborative approach to improving depression care for youth in primary care reduces the likelihood of severe depression 18 months after the program ends.

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News Releases

Strategies outlined to test new payment models for health care

A novel payment system is proposed for medical care that would provide doctors, hospitals and other health providers a set fee for treating an ailment such as hip replacement surgery.

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Lowering sodium consumption could save U.S. $18 billion annually in health costs

The study estimates that meeting national sodium guidelines could eliminate 11 million cases of high blood pressure nationally and extend the lives of thousands of people each year.

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Comparative effectiveness research may not lead to lower health costs or improve health

While there are benefits to having better information for doctors and patients about what works best in treating different health problems, it is uncertain that the research will lead to reductions in spending and waste or improvements in patient health.

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Announcements

From time to time RAND Health likes to highlight special honors that our staff have received in acknowledgment of their outstanding contributions to their fields.

RAND's Invisible Wounds of War recommended for public and secondary school libraries

The recent RAND study Invisible Wounds of War: Psychological and Cognitive Injuries, Their Consequences, and Services to Assist Recovery, is on the 2009 list of University Press Books Selected for Public and Secondary School Libraries.

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Featured Project

Allegheny County Maternal Depression and Child Health Care Initiative

This RAND Health project is building a model maternal and child health care system in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. It aims to promote healthy lifestyles and positive health outcomes, reduce preventable disease and environmental health risks, eliminate health disparities, and ensure access to quality care for young children, mothers, and families.

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Congressional Briefing

The H1N1 Pandemic: Lessons Learned from the Cities Readiness Initiative

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Commentary

Collateral damage in the ruckus over healthcare reform

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Finally, presidential support for the individual mandate

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Research Highlights &
Fact Sheets

Using Civilian Facilities to Maintain Military Medical Skills

Research Brief Research Brief 9467


Congressional Newsletter

The September RAND Health Congressional Newsletter includes research stating that less than half of U.S. adults received the recommended flu vaccination during the 2008-2009 flu season, and research asking how prepared state and local health departments are in the area of emergency risk communication. The newsletter also features a profile of RAND researcher Jeanne Ringel and notes that September is National Preparedness Month.

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Recent Documents

Understanding the effects of health care reform from a national perspective

Research Brief Full document

New Tools for Assessing State and Local Capabilities for Countermeasure Delivery

Research Brief Full document

Assessing Patient Safety Practices and Outcomes in the U.S. Health Care System

Research Brief Full document


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