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RAND advances understanding of health and health behaviors and examines how the organization and financing of care affect costs, quality, and access. RAND's body of research—conducted primarily through the RAND Health division—includes innovative studies of health insurance, health care reform, health information technology, and women's health, as well as topical concerns such as obesity, complementary and alternative medicine, and PTSD in veterans and survivors of catastrophe.

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    Project

    The RAND Military Caregivers Study

    Mar 18, 2014

    The RAND Military Caregivers Study focuses on caregivers of wounded, ill, and injured U.S. military servicemembers and veterans.

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    Journal Article

    Cost of Informal Caregiving for U.S. Elderly Is $522 Billion Annually

    Oct 27, 2014

    The price tag for informal caregiving of elderly people by friends and relatives in the U.S. comes to $522 billion a year. Replacing that care with unskilled paid care at minimum wage would cost $221 billion, while replacing it with skilled nursing care would cost $642 billion.

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    Event

    Annual CCHSR Lecture: Caring for Dying People - What Matters?

    Rabbi Baroness Neuberger DBE, Senior Rabbi of the West London Synagogue, will present the annual CCHSR lecture on 26 November, on the topic of "Caring for Dying People: What Matters?"

    Nov 26, 2014

  • Journal Article

    Giving ''Sadness'' a Name: The Need for Integrating Depression Treatment Into HIV Care in Uganda

    Depression is common among people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), and can have significant consequences for HIV disease progression, treatment response and prevention.

    Nov 20, 2014

  • Journal Article

    Preventing Hospitalizations in Children with Medical Complexity: A Systematic Review

    Children with medical complexity (CMC) account for disproportionately high hospital use, and it is unknown if hospitalizations may be prevented.

    Nov 20, 2014

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    Commentary

    Military Turns to Collaborative Care to Treat PTSD, Depression

    Collaborative care has been an important part of Army efforts to reach out to those struggling with PTSD and depression. It has brought a science-based solution to an essential military problem and has helped thousands of men and women in uniform in ways that also nudge our larger mental health system toward greater effectiveness for all Americans.

    Nov 19, 2014

  • Susan Dentzer, Leonard Schaeffer, Sue Siegel, David Goldhill, and Bob Kocher at RAND's Politics Aside 2014

    Announcement

    Innovations in Health Care: New Treatments, Changing Systems

    From the Affordable Care Act and new advances in medical technology to the impact of the aging population, panelists at RAND's Politics Aside event discussed a wide-range of topics affecting America's health care system today and into the future.

    Nov 18, 2014

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    Commentary

    Knowing When to Say Yes to Medical Technology

    CT lung cancer screening turns out to be like many new medical technologies — health-improving, but quite expensive, and in need of implementation that targets those most likely to benefit and provides them the care they need efficiently.

    Nov 18, 2014

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    Project

    Eating Well with Loncheras

    This bilingual site provides information on Eating Well with Loncheras, a pilot program to help up to twenty Loncheras food trucks in the Los Angeles area offer healthier, alternative meal options to improve the health and well-being of the Latino community.

    Nov 18, 2014

  • Judith Rodin at RAND's Politics Aside 2014

    Announcement

    Investing in Resilient Cities

    It's time to change the paradigm from disaster response and recovery to building resilient communities, said Judith Rodin, president of The Rockefeller Foundation, at RAND's Politics Aside event. To build resiliency, officials need to take an integrated approach to planning.

    Nov 15, 2014

  • Research Brief

    Therapeutic Measures Required: To Ensure Millions of Veterans and Their Families Get High-Quality Care, Community Mental Health Providers Need More Training, Support, Resources

    A RAND study found very few community civilian providers surveyed met key thresholds for military cultural competency and use of evidence-based care, indicating few are ready overall to assist service members, veterans, and their families.

    Nov 12, 2014

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    Report

    Community-Based Mental Health Providers Need More Preparation to Better Care for Veterans

    Most community-based mental health providers are not well prepared to take care of the special needs of military veterans and their families. A national survey found that few providers met criteria for military cultural competency or used evidence-based approaches to treat problems commonly seen among veterans.

    Nov 12, 2014

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    Commentary

    Addressing SSDI's Looming Insolvency

    Social Security Disability Insurance will be unable to cover 20 percent of its scheduled benefit obligations beginning in 2016. The lack of an evidentiary base to guide policy has been one of the major impediments to the consideration of changes that could modernize the program without jeopardizing its essential safety net function.

    Nov 12, 2014

  • News Release

    Community-Based Mental Health Providers Need More Preparation to Better Care for Veterans

    Most community-based mental health providers are not well prepared to take care of the special needs of military veterans and their families. A national survey of mental health providers found that few providers met criteria for military cultural competency or used evidence-based approaches to treat problems commonly seen among veterans.

    Nov 12, 2014

  • Military family walking on a path through the woods

    Commentary

    Honoring America's Veterans Requires Helping Their Families, Too

    This Veterans Day, the United States especially honors the millions of veterans living with service-related illnesses and injuries. But it's also important to recognize the sacrifices of those helping them to recover and thrive: America's 5.5 million military caregivers.

    Nov 11, 2014

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    Medicare Imaging Demonstration Final Evaluation: Report to Congress

    RAND researchers tested whether exposing ordering clinicians to appropriateness guidelines for advanced imaging procedures would reduce or eliminate inappropriate orders. The study identified many opportunities to refine decision support systems.

    Nov 10, 2014

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    Commentary

    The ACA's Tax Credits Keep Premiums Low for Everyone

    The ACA's tax credits currently contain several properties that stabilize premiums while providing assistance to low- and moderate-income people. As policymakers contemplate modifications to the ACA that would affect the tax credits, it will be important to consider not only how they affect those who are eligible, but also how they affect premiums for everyone else.

    Nov 10, 2014

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    Commentary

    A Case for Exchange-Based, Long-Term Health Insurance Policies

    Multi-year health plans have the potential to finally align the interests of health plan enrollees and insurers by reaping long-term benefits of patient health management.

    Nov 10, 2014

  • U.S. Army soldiers cheer as U.S. President Barack Obama signs H.R. 3230, the Veteran's Access to Care through Choice, Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014

    Blog

    Research Drives Ongoing Support for Veterans

    On November 11, we honor the service and sacrifices of America's veterans. But as they return home and adjust to civilian life, veterans and their families face new challenges and communities struggle to meet their unique needs. Rigorous research is essential to addressing these challenges and finding long-term solutions. RAND explores key issues concerning veterans such as employment, health and well-being, family support, and education.

    Nov 10, 2014

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    Project

    RAND on Veterans' Issues

    RAND research explores key issues concerning military veterans, including health and well-being, education, employment and family issues.

    Nov 10, 2014

  • Journal Article

    Longitudinal Family Effects on Substance Use Among an At-Risk Adolescent Sample

    Adult and peer factors may influence whether adolescents use alcohol and other drugs (AOD). This longitudinal study examined the direct effects of adult monitoring, perceived adult AOD use, and cultural values on adolescent AOD use.

    Nov 7, 2014

  • Participants practice a medical procedure on a dummy arm during training for the Ebola response team at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas, October 24, 2014

    Commentary

    Ebola Shows America Needs Better Disaster Preparedness

    Crafting an effective, whole-community strategy to respond to Ebola could stop the spread of the disease now and lay groundwork for responses to future outbreaks and other emergencies. In the long run, this could make public preparedness and resilience valuable assets for the U.S.

    Nov 7, 2014