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.
With the complex process of implementing the ACA underway, RAND research is tracking the progress of implementation and assessing the potential consequences of choices facing federal and state governments, employers, families, and individuals.
In its second term, the Obama Administration can restrain further health care spending growth—without compromising quality—by employing four broad strategies: fostering efficient and accountable providers, engaging and empowering consumers, promoting population health, and facilitating high-value innovation.
Instruments and scoring instructions for many major health services surveys are available from the RAND Health website, as well as practical tools for improving quality of care.
The U.S. Department of Defense sponsors many programs for servicemembers and their families. RAND compiled a searchable online catalog of 211 programs that address psychological health and traumatic brain injury.
This RAND Health survey captures key differences between managed and "unmanaged" care as well as differences among managed care arrangements, and it includes six domains predicted to have an impact on access, service utilization, costs, and quality.
The Matlab Health and Socio-economic Survey, conducted in 1996, provides a unique microlevel data set for research on aging. In particular, these new data will support in-depth analyses — not possible with existing survey data — on interrelated topics having to do with life-cycle investments in the physical, economic, and social well-being of adults and the elderly.
The Indonesian Family Life Survey is an ongoing, longitudinal survey begun in 1993 that represents about 83% of the Indonesian population and includes over 30,000 individuals living in 13 of the country's 27 provinces.
The Malaysian Family Life Surveys were conducted in 1976-1977 and 1988-1989. The surveys collected detailed current and retrospective information on family structure, fertility, economic status, education, and more from a partially-overlapping sample of more than 4,000 individuals and households.
The Guatemalan Survey of Family Health was designed to examine the way in which rural Guatemalan families and individuals cope with childhood illness and pregnancy, and the role of ethnicity, poverty, social support, and health beliefs in this process.
This web-based mapping tool can help health care decisionmakers in Missouri identify community-level hotspots where suboptimal health care exists, in particular when it is related to low health literacy.
The new Displaced New Orleans Residents Survey examines the current location, well-being, and plans of people who lived in the City of New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina struck in August 2005.
Measures were fielded as part of "Partners in Care," a trial conducted to determine whether primary care clinics could implement practical programs for improving depression care for adults and to assess whether such programs could reduce disparities in care for minorities in comparison to usual care.
The Central American Population Program has compiled a set of fertility and health surveys carried out by different Central American institutions and international agencies in Central America, Panama, and Belize.
Presents a toolkit and a Web-based Geographic Information Systems tool meant to help state and local public health agencies improve their emergency preparedness activities for special needs populations.
Mounting an effective emergency response to a public health threat, such as a pandemic influenza, is a common challenge of state and local public health agencies across the country. The PREPARE toolkit provides a brief tutorial on using quality improvement methods to build agency capabilities and public health emergency preparedness.
RAND analysts estimated how failing to meet federal and state standards for particulate matter and ozone affected private and public insurer spending on hospital admissions for respiratory and cardiovascular causes, and ER visits for asthma, throughout California from 2005-2007.
RAND has released a toolkit that shows how to provide school-based mental health programs for students exposed to violence, natural disasters and other traumatic events. The toolkit will enable schools to help students displaced by natural disasters like Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
RAND conducted a survey designed to quantify the use of pesticides by the average U.S. military service member during Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm between August 1990 and July 1991.
The RAND Health Insurance Experiment was a 15-year, multimillion-dollar effort that encouraged the restructuring of private insurance, helped increase the stature of managed care, and shaped current understanding of how cost sharing affects health care use and health outcomes.