RAND Monthly Health Newsletter


June 2010

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Recent Research

The effect of functional status on life expectancy

Functional status has a dramatic impact on life expectancy. 75-year-olds without limitations can expect to live 5 years longer than those with limitations in performing daily activities and more than 1 year longer than those with limited mobility.

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Using a community-based research approach to improve health care for mothers and children

Drawing on the experiences of a learning collaborative of maternal and child healthcare stakeholders in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, this article describes steps for operationalizing key community-based participatory research principles in the context of local health system change.

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Providing access to treatment for uninsured women with breast cancer

This evaluation study found that the Breast and Cervical Cancer Prevention Treatment Program provides access to high-quality care for insured women with breast cancer; however, many are treated at an advanced stage, which is associated with worse outcomes.

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New directions in Health Information Technology

This article discusses the range of health information technology initiatives included in the 2009 economic stimulus legislation that collectively are known as the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) initiative; these include proposed regulations on "meaningful use" of information technology and standards; funding of regional extension centers; and support for the development and use of clinical registries and linked health outcomes research networks.

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How are children best told that their parents are HIV positive?

Findings from interviews with HIV-infected parents, their minor and adult children, and caregivers suggest that disclosure of HIV status should be done within a family context.

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Can radio frequency identification technology help with cost and quality?

This study suggests that radio frequency identification can substantially affect both the cost (e.g., efficiency) and the quality (e.g., timeliness, capacity for continuous improvement) of care delivery.

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Is cognition in later life influenced by height and education?

This study investigates the relationship between anthropometric markers (height and knee height), early-life conditions, education, and cognitive function in later life among urban elderly from Latin America and the Caribbean.

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Safety concerns limited uptake of H1N1 vaccine

Information campaigns made more adults concerned about a pandemic, but didn't reassure them sufficiently about H1N1 vaccine safety and effectiveness.

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Characteristics of troubled nursing homes

This descriptive study of nursing home characteristics found that facilities targeted by a CMS improvement initiative typically have fewer nurses and nurse aides and higher rates of quality of care citations.

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The effect of Helicobacter pylori eradication and iron supplementation on the nutritional status in children

The eradication of H. pylori plus iron supplementation increases the pool of functional iron. Iron supplementation increases the storage of iron in school-age children with iron deficiency.

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News Releases

Few health reform options would have covered more people at lower cost than new law

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Faith-based organizations can play an important role in the response to HIV in Central America

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End-of-life care in teaching hospital is generally good, but more family communication is needed

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Place matters when it comes to the health of young men, boys of color

New research funded by The California Endowment finds that African-American and Latino boys and young men are much more likely to experience poor health outcomes. Most of these poor health outcomes are directly related to the neighborhoods where they grow up. To improve health outcomes for boys and young men, researchers suggest the need for comprehensive, systems-based solutions that are implemented at the community level.

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CBITS highly rated by NREPP

CBITS is included in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs (NREPP) and received high scores from NREPP on quality of research and readiness for dissemination.

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RAND launches Special-Needs Populations Mapping Tool

The interactive mapping tool and accompanying toolkit are intended to help public health agencies develop strategies for incorporating special needs populations into public health preparedness and response planning.

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Featured Release

How can faith-based organizations address the HIV epidemic?

This study describes the involvement of faith-based organizations in HIV/AIDS, focusing on three Central American countries hard hit by this epidemic: Belize, Guatemala, and Honduras.

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Commentary & Editorials

Increasing patients' responsibility for their own health

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Wrestling with the high price of cancer care: should we control costs by individuals' ability to pay or society's willingness to pay?

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Research Highlights &
Fact Sheets

Is Physician Cost Profiling Ready for Prime Time?

Research Brief Research Brief 9523

Diagnosing and Treating Food Allergies: The State of the Research

Research Brief Research Brief 9538

Health Care on Aisle 7: The Growing Phenomenon of Retail Clinics

Research Brief Research Brief 9491-1

How Can Faith-Based Organizations Help Address the HIV/AIDS Epidemic in Central America?

Research Brief Research Brief 9512

Congressional Newsletter

The June Health Congressional newsletter looks at research on pay-for-performance programs and disparities, food allergies, and making use of paid family leave benefits for chronically ill children. The featured researcher for May is Paul G. Shekelle.

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Recent Documents

The Frequency, Severity, and Economic Consequences of Musculoskeletal Injuries to Firefighters in California

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Evaluation of the Arkansas Tobacco Settlement Program: Progress During 2008 and 2009

Research Brief Full document

Seasonal Influenza Vaccine Use by Adults in the U.S.: A Snapshot from the End of the 2009-2010 Vaccination Season

Research Brief Full documentResearch Brief Detailed survey tables

Grandfathering in the Small Group Market Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: Effects on Offer Rates, Premiums, and Coverage

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