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.
The current study used a sample of 193 at-risk youths with a first-time alcohol and/or other drug offense in the California Teen Court system to explore the moderating role of perceived peer alcohol norms on the association between mental health symptoms and drinking outcomes.
This commentary on the scope, content, translation, and policy utility of research is shaped by the authors' perspectives from federal, state, and local levels and national policy making.
The National Health Security Strategy calls for a systematic quality improvement efforts to improving health security.
People living with type 2 diabetes and hypertension present different barriers and facilitating factors for disease self-management, in part based on their readiness-to-change and also due to the broader context in which they live.
The quality of clinical care and the quality of interpersonal care should be considered separately to give an overall assessment of medical care.
The PTSD Checklist–Civilian Version (PCL-C; Weathers, Litz, Herman, Huska, & Keane, 1993) is used for the identification of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Our study offers important lessons for the planned implementation of choice in primary care in the English NHS.
In patients with IC/BPS, the presence of FM, CFS, and IBS has a significant association with HRQOL, equivalent in impact to the bladder symptoms themselves.
Measuring community preparedness and resilience is a challenge. A study of measures of partnership, self-sufficiency, and social connectedness, as well as gaps and opportunities in the measurement of community preparedness and resilience, found major limitations in existing data.
Investigating if the racial/ethnic composition of Medicare Advantage plans reflect the composition of their areas of operation revealed little evidence that health plans are selectively underenrolling blacks, Latinos, or Asians to a substantial degree.
The response to the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic provides an opportunity to learn about the public health system's emergency response capabilities and to identify ways to improve preparedness for future events.
Many physician-patient encounters do not require face-to-face contact, and “eVisits” have gained acceptance among many health systems and health plans. But what do we know about the types of patients who opt for online visits over conventional office appointments?
A toolkit developed to measure the impacts and outcomes of local regulations designed to restrict sales of products harmful to children will help those who regulate alcohol, tobacco, knives, fireworks, sun beds and gambling to measure the progress of their work.
Health programs run by religious congregations may be small-scale, but congregations are skilled at identifying local needs that are going unmet.
We examined differences in the use of mental health services, conditional on the presence of psychiatric disorders, across Mexico's population with different US migration exposure and in successive generations of Mexican Americans in the US.
Neighborhood parks can support vigorous physical activity, but they are underutilized. Efforts to promote vigorous activity in local parks could help both child development and adult physical fitness.
Parental reporting of height and weight was evaluated for US children aged 2–13 years.
We present the first causal estimates of the effect of Social Security Disability Insurance benefit receipt on labor supply using all program applicants.
Due to volatility in healthcare costs, shared savings contracts can create systematic financial losses for payers, especially when contracting with smaller providers.
Early death after emergency department (ED) discharge may signal opportunities to improve care.