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December 2009

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Special Feature

40 years of RAND Health RAND Health Marks 40 Years of Research and Analysis

We are marking our 40th anniversary throughout 2009 by highlighting 40 studies that reflect the breadth and scope of our work and have made the greatest contribution to shaping health care policy, advancing research, and improving health around the world.

Featured during December:

Health Services Utilization Study

A patient being operated on by surgeons

More care isn't necessarily better care

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Recent Research

A short screening survey helps predict survival of vulnerable elders over the longer term

The Vulnerable Elders-13 Survey, which predicts functional decline and mortality of vulnerable elders over a 1-2 year interval, is also associated with death and decline over 4-5 years.

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Children already sexually active by the time parents breech topic

In a series of surveys with parents and their teenaged children, researchers found more than 40 percent of children had sexual intercourse before any discussion with their parents about sexually transmitted disease symptoms, condom use, choosing birth control, or what to do if a partner refuses a condom.

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Read moreMore HIV, STDs, and sexual behavior research
Read moreMore maternal, child, and adolescent health research

Using schools to help children recover after a disaster

School-based mental health counselors and administrators need greater organizational structure that supports school counselors and provides system-level support for services after a disaster.

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Read moreMore public health systems and preparedness research

Reducing obesity in middle-school students

Site visits offer a useful means to evaluate the implementation of school district obesity-related policies and develop interventions to translate school food policies into practice.

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Read moreMore public health research

Why do marijuana users drop out of high school?

The association between marijuana use and high school dropout status is unlikely to be due to its adverse effects on cognition, but instead involves parental and peer influences.

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Improving the chances of success for low-income Latino youth

Latino young people living in a low-income housing complex identified self, family, and community as important facilitators of their success, although parents appeared to deemphasize community resources.

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Read moreMore public health research

A low-literacy medication education tool

Researchers developed and evaluated a tool to help low-literacy patients adhere to their medication regimens after discharge from the hospital.

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The growing phenomenon of retail clinics

This report presents information on the growing phenomenon of retail medical clinics, the types of patients they serve, the care they provide, and whether some common claims about retail clinics are supported by evidence.

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Read moreMore health economics and financing research

What are hospitals doing to implement patient safety practices?

Part of an overall assessment of AHRQ's patient safety initiative examined what recommended patient safety practices hospitals are adopting.

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Hospital consolidation means higher prices

Hospital consolidation may reduce costs by making hospitals more efficient but the savings are modest and don't usually result in lower prices.

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News Releases

Longer parental deployment linked to more emotional challenges for military children

Children in military families may suffer from more emotional and behavioral difficulties when compared to other American youths, with older children and girls struggling the most when a parent is deployed overseas.

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Hospital price transparency laws in California fall short

Uninsured patients in California are unable to successfully obtain information about the cost of medical care at hospitals despite recent state legislation intended to improve price transparency.

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Featured Project

American Adults Receiving Seasonal Flu Vaccine This Year at About the Same Rate as in 2008

nurse administers flu vaccine to fellow nurse, photo courtesy of CDC/Judy Schmidt

American adults are not being vaccinated against the seasonal flu any more often than they were last year, despite increased public discussion of the importance of influenza vaccines resulting from the worldwide outbreak of the H1N1 virus.

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Research Highlights &
Fact Sheets

Diagnostic Abuse in Silica Litigation

Research Brief Research Brief 9494

Views from the Home Front: The Experience of Children from Military Families

Research Brief Research Brief 9488


Congressional Newsletter

The December Health Congressional discusses reducing health care spending by reviewing promising approaches for Massachusetts and the United States. It also features RAND researcher Peter Hussey.

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Recent Documents

The Acquisition Cost-Estimating Workforce: Census and Characteristics

Research Brief Full document

Bibliometrics as a tool for supporting prospective R&D decision-making in the health sciences: Strengths, weaknesses and options for future development

Research Brief Full document

Seasonal Influenza Vaccine Use by Adults in the U.S.: A Snapshot as of Mid-November 2009

Research Brief Full document

Seasonal Influenza Vaccine Use by Adults in the U.S.: Detailed Survey Tables, Mid-November 2009

Research Brief Full document

A Compendium of Sexual Assault Research

Research Brief Full document

The Abuse of Medical Diagnostic Practices in Mass Litigation: The Case of Silica

Research Brief Full document


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