RAND Health Key Topics

  • Confronting the Opioid Crisis

    Opioid overdoses claimed nearly 70,000 lives in 2017 and the death toll could exceed 500,000 over the next decade. RAND Health research presents a comprehensive view of this dynamic crisis, highlighting policy approaches and potential outcomes.

  • U.S. Health Care Policy

    The U.S. health care policy landscape is poised for great change. Extensive RAND research offers insights about the likely impact of repealing or revising the ACA along key dimensions, including Medicaid, the individual mandate, effects on employers, tax subsidies, changing rating regulations, and essential health benefits.

  • Paying for Care

    Over the last four decades, public and private sectors have experimented with payment approaches, motivating providers to deliver better care at lower cost. RAND Health has led the way in efforts to understand the links between physician payment, quality of care, and system cost.

  • Organizing Care

    How individuals access and experience care depends on far more than health insurance. RAND Health addresses questions about organization of care, new approaches to providing care, and innovative delivery approaches.

  • Quality of Care

    Improving care is a long-term, complex challenge. In a series spanning decades, RAND has confronted this challenge by helping establishing the scientific basis for defining and measuring quality of care.

  • Healthy Populations and Communities

    Good health depends on more than health care. Health behaviors and the social and physical environment exert strong influences on community health. RAND's work examines many of these influences, such as substance use, obesity, workplace wellness, and neighborhood effects on health.

  • Mental Health

    Mental health can affect a person's health and well-being in profound ways. RAND Health studies prevention and treatment approaches for mental health disorders, as well as a broad range of topics related to mental health and illness.

Other Research Areas

  • Health Tools

    Developing tools for improving health is part of RAND Health's ongoing commitment to translating research into real-world solutions. We give individuals, organizations, and government the tools to help them define—and tackle—their own challenges.

  • Aging

    RAND Health research on the aging process and older populations, including conditions and treatments, quality of care, and more.

  • Women's Health

    RAND Health research focusing on the health and special needs of women, including women's health care, maternal mental health, maternal and infant mortality, and nutrition.

  • Military and Veterans Health

    RAND Health explores topics relating to military and veterans health care.

  • Health Information Technology

    RAND Health explores Health Information Technology and studies how technology systems can improve health care quality and efficiency, reduce medical errors, and lower costs.