Health Research


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 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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    Adapting to a Hotter World

    Because climate change is largely irreversible, mitigation alone won't solve the problem. While mitigation will prevent even greater, future climatic changes, adaptation — efforts to adjust to climate change's effects — will prepare the world for a new set of living conditions, whatever they may be.

    Oct 2, 2015

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    Advising the Development of Public Health Guidelines to Delay Antimicrobial Resistance

    RAND Europe is reviewing the evidence of effectiveness, cost effectiveness, and related qualitative evidence relating to changing risk-related behaviours pertaining to antimicrobial use to inform the development of Department of Health/NICE guidelines aimed at delaying antimicrobial resistance.

    Oct 1, 2015

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    New Partnerships for Improving Global Health Research

    Partnerships between public and private organizations have become a powerful mechanism for addressing longer-term and structural challenges faced by developing countries that have a high burden of poverty-related diseases.

    Sep 22, 2015

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    News Release

    There Are More Young Female Anesthesiologists, but Compensation Is Still Lower Than Male Colleagues'

    An increasing number of young female physicians are becoming anesthesiologists. But their pay lags behind their male peers, even after accounting for differences, such as hours worked and experience.

    Sep 17, 2015

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    Charging Older Adults Higher Premiums Could Cost Taxpayers

    Under the Affordable Care Act, older adults cannot be charged more than three times as much as 21- to 24-year-olds for the same plan. Changing this rule to 5-to-1 may not be a cost-effective way to encourage enrollment among the young and healthy.

    Sep 15, 2015

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    Mapping the UK’s Dementia Research Landscape and Workforce Capacity

    The number of people with dementia worldwide is predicted to rise from 36 million in 2010 to 115m in 2050. The need for treatment, prevention, better care, and greater scientific understanding of this condition is urgent. The Alzheimer’s Society has commissioned RAND Europe to analyse the UK’s dementia research landscape and workforce capacity. The evidence base from this research should help inform research funding and capacity-building efforts.

    Sep 10, 2015

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    Prominent Health Care Economist and Higher Education Leader Deborah Freund Joins the RAND Corporation

    Deborah Freund has been appointed to RAND's Paul O'Neill Alcoa Professorship in Policy Analysis. She expects to work on a variety of health and higher education issues, including how some states are using unique approaches to expand or improve Medicaid under the federal ACA.

    Sep 10, 2015

  • Local residents take pictures as U.S. President Barack Obama visit an area reconstructed after Hurricane Katrina during a presidential visit to New Orleans, Louisiana, August 27, 2015


    What Hurricane Katrina Taught Us About Community Resilience

    Hurricane Katrina left a path of destruction, death, and suffering in its wake. Its recovery, halting and incomplete as it has been, has taught us valuable lessons about resiliency.

    Sep 8, 2015

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    Paying for Telemedicine

    Telehealth, delivering health services and information via technology, holds great promise. But more information is needed to determine what works and what doesn’t.

    Sep 3, 2015

  • Senior Man Suffering From Back Pain Whilst Gardening


    Choosing Chiropractic Care for Chronic Pain

    Choosing Chiropractic for Chronic Pain examines the impact of evidence, outcomes, costs, and patient preferences on the choice of treatment for chronic low-back pain and chronic neck pain.

    Sep 3, 2015

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    Assessing the Impact of the Health Technology Assessment Programme

    The National Institute of Health Research commissioned RAND Europe to assess the impact of the HTA programme from 2003 to 2013 and to identify the benefits resulting from the research that the programme has funded, focusing in particular on its impact on health policy, clinical practice and patient health outcomes.

    Sep 2, 2015

  • Service members involved in physical therapy at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio wait for President Bush to visit


    RAND’s Role in the Veterans’ Choice Act Assessments

    The MITRE Corporation subcontracted with the RAND Corporation to conduct three of the 12 Veterans Choice Act assessments, and to prepare reports on the findings and recommendations from these assessments for inclusion in the integrated report.

    Sep 1, 2015

  • Police officer standing outside his vehicle

    News Release

    Police Officers Face Risk of Traffic Injuries Under Many Conditions, Including When Cars Are Stopped

    Vehicle crashes are the largest cause of death among police in the U.S. Understanding the risk factors can help law enforcement agencies take steps to lower the risk of injury collisions, such as restricting motorcycle use to situations where the use of other vehicles is not feasible.

    Sep 1, 2015

  • Argentine policemen escort Henry de Jesus Lopez Londono, alleged leader of a Colombian drug trafficking group, outside a courthouse in Buenos Aires October 31, 2012


    The Strategic Value of Terrorism

    While terrorists and criminals joining forces is certainly a scary thought, it's nothing new and not something that works as simply in practice as it does on a white board. Still, it's a threat worth watching.

    Aug 31, 2015

  • Tourists walk past the entrance to the Hurricane Katrina Memorial, New Orleans, Louisiana, August 23, 2015


    Hurricane Katrina: 10 Years After the Storm

    This weekend marks 10 years since Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast. As the region struggled to cope and rebuild after the storm, RAND experts worked on solutions to the region's long-term challenges.

    Aug 27, 2015

  • Residents do morning exercises at a park on a hazy day in Shenzhen, Guangdong province February 12, 2015


    China at Home: Marrying Prosperity and Well-Being

    As China strives to sustain its upward economic trajectory, it must also address its domestic problems—such as air pollution and the challenges presented by its aging population—if its people are to share fully in the rewards of economic development and expansion.

    Aug 21, 2015

  • Pedestrians in a region of the South Bronx that has seen a deadly outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in New York August 7, 2015


    Control Disease in a New York Minute

    Legionella bacteria are ubiquitous in many warm-water environments, but outbreaks of Legionnaires' disease like the recent one in the South Bronx don't have to be. Effective public health policies can help inhibit Legionella growth, minimize the occurrence and impact of outbreaks, and save lives.

    Aug 20, 2015

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    Is Concern About Powdered Alcohol Distracting from More Serious Drinking Problems?

    Powdered alcohol is at this point a curiosity, not a threat. Americans should be more worried about the health problems caused by widespread misuse of liquid alcohol.

    Aug 17, 2015

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    The Ramifications of Repealing the Individual Mandate

    As part of its goal of near-universal coverage, the Affordable Care Act requires most Americans to obtain insurance or pay a penalty. Repealing that requirement would significantly reduce health insurance enrollment and cause individual market premiums to rise.

    Aug 13, 2015

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    Scoping the Impact of EU Membership on UK Health Research

    To help frame the debate on future EU membership in the context of UK health research, RAND Europe is assessing the benefits and burdens of membership. This research, for the Department of Health, will not only focus on funding, but also look at other aspects such as research environment, network effects, and knowledge spillovers. The project will include a series of scenario-based workshops to explore future impact of EU funding.

    Aug 11, 2015