This study compared the Applied Behavior Analysis benefit provided by TRICARE as an early intervention for autism spectrum disorder with similar benefits in Medicaid and commercial health insurance plans.
Family members play a critical role in caring for older adults with and without dementia. In 2010, 5.5 million U.S. adults age 70 and older received informal care, including 3.6 million with cognitive impairment or dementia.
This report, commissioned by the Alzheimer's Society, aims to inform funding and capacity-building efforts in UK dementia research by examining the current research and workforce landscape, and associated strengths and gaps.
This extended summary provides an overview of the findings of a report commissioned by the Alzheimer's Society. It aims to inform funding and capacity-building efforts in UK dementia research by examining the current research and workforce landscape.
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.
This issue of RAND Review reports on the staggering costs of dementia in the United States; the most critical global choices and challenges the next U.S. president will likely face; tips to protect the health of kids heading back to school; and more.
Aiming to better understand the contexts that have contributed to breakthroughs in treatment, this RAND Europe project analysed breakthroughs in four conditions of ill health and sought to identify potentially transferable lessons for the dementia context.
Medical breakthroughs have enabled the effective treatment of some conditions, like certain cancers and HIV, transforming them from fatal into manageable. Better understanding of the particular social, economic, political, legislative, and scientific contexts that have contributed to accelerating progress in treatments could inform dementia research.
Though increasingly common, Medicaid waivers that enable home- and community-based services for children with autism spectrum disorders vary widely in terms of the specific disorders they target and the services they cover, and little is known about the characteristics of programs that improve access to care and clinical outcomes.
Ill or injured military personnel and veterans and people with dementia are unique populations, but they give us a preview of the enormous long-term care challenges Americans will face in the decades to come.
California now has one of the strictest vaccination laws in the country. Signing the bill, Governor Jerry Brown said that “the science is clear.” RAND research shows that vaccines administered to children are extremely safe.
No matter how policymakers spend their break—meeting with home-state constituents, traveling abroad with congressional delegations, or spending time with family—this summer reading list contains policy ideas that can help them hit the ground running when they return.
Dementia takes a huge toll on those afflicted with it but also has major consequences for those who must care for them. More than 15 million Americans provide care for loved ones with dementia—tending to their daily, routine needs and ensuring their medical needs are met.
Among American caregivers, there are two expanding populations: those caring for military servicemembers struggling with physical or emotional wounds of war and those looking after people with dementia. Both face incalculable financial stresses and threats to their own health as a result of their caregiving roles.
Concerns about vaccine safety have led some parents to decline recommended vaccination of their children, leading to the resurgence of diseases. Harmful side effects are extremely rare and must be weighed against the protective benefits that vaccines provide.