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January 2010

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Providing incentives to reduce disparities in care

Hospital executives are hesitant about using pay-for-performance programs to reduce racial/ethnic disparities in care.

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It might matter more what you do eat than what you don't

Increasing physical activity and vegetable consumption won't do much to limit obesity unless consumption of salty, high calorie snacks is cut.

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What will the Affordable Health Care for America Act achieve?

COMPARE's microsimulation model projects that by 2019 the health reform bill passed by the House will reduce the number of uninsured by more than 55%.

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Selection or peer influence: what affects adolescent smoking?

The effects of peer influence and selection on adolescent smoking may be much weaker than earlier studies assumed.

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Ensuring the safety of prescribing medications for older patients

A test of the pharmaceutical care approach for prescribing medications for older patients, which involves collaboration between GPs, pharmacists, patients, and carers, did not find any significant change in prescribing or health outcomes.

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Limits on product liability and FDA regulation

Limits on liability for drugs and other medical products regulated by the FDA could reduce prices without affecting vaccine safety.

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Reducing inequities among children with asthma in Puerto Rico

This project has implemented successful interventions to improve the quality of life and reduce disparities for children with asthma in Puerto Rico.

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The cost-effectiveness of pharmaceutical care for older patients

This study found that pharmaceutical care for older patients, which involves collaboration between GPs, pharmacists, patients, and carers, is cost-effective, although further research into its long-term benefits may be worthwhile.

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PTSD symptoms among injury survivors differ for Hispanics

This study, one of the first to examine ethnic disparities in PTSD symptoms among adult injury survivors, found that Hispanics reported higher levels of intensified sensory and cognitive symptoms than non-Hispanics.

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Studying the relationship between giftedness and mental health in children

This study reviewed the scientific literature on giftedness among children and concluded that studies of this relationship would benefit from adopting a broader perspective, including studies of non-gifted youth.

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Cherokee and white youth in Appalachia have divergent views on childbearing

American Indian groups exhibit some of the highest and earliest fertility. This comparison between Cherokee and white youth in Appalachia found that the main difference in attitudes toward childbearing was the degree of latitude for the timing of having children vis-à-vis other major life events.

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News Releases

Noted Public Health Expert Arthur Kellermann Joins RAND; Will Lead RAND'S Public Health Research Program

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The Potential Impact of House Health Reform Legislation

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Featured Toolkit

Toolkit for adapting CBITS or SSET for implementation with youth in foster care

The purpose of this toolkit is to assist school-based mental health professionals, school personnel, and child welfare social workers in adapting these interventions for use with youth aged 10-15 who are in foster care.

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Research Highlights &
Fact Sheets

Analysis of the Affordable Health Care for America Act (H.R. 3962)

Research Brief Research Brief 9504

How Fare the Displaced and Returned Residents of New Orleans? Results of an Innovative Pilot Survey

Research Brief Research Brief 9500

The Teen Depression Awareness Project: Building an Evidence Base for Improving Teen Depression Care

Research Brief Research Brief 9495


Congressional Newsletter

The January Health Congressional newsletter examines the low cost and high quality care that can be provided by retail clinics, it looks at issues related to health care coverage and access for children in D.C., and it challenges California's hospital price transparency laws as ineffective. This month's newsletter features Health researcher Ateev Mehrotra.

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Recent Documents

Feasibility and Design Options for a Potential Entity to Research the Comparative Effectiveness of Medical Treatments

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Policy options for Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) application in healthcare; a prospective view

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Health and Medical Research in Singapore: Observatory on Health Research Systems

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Changing the translational research landscape: a review of the impacts of Biomedical Research Units in England

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Is there a European Medical Research Area? Observatory on Health Research Systems

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Health and Medical Research In France: Observatory on Health Research Systems

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