Welcome to the inaugural issue of RAND Health Quarterly!
“Objective analysis. Effective solutions.” This tagline aptly describes the RAND Corporation's core approach as a nonprofit institution that strives to improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. Approximately 1,600 professionals from more than 50 countries work at RAND, representing diversity in work experience; academic training; and political and ideological outlook; as well as race, gender, and ethnicity. Hailing from academia, government, and industry, RAND researchers combine theory with practical, real-world experience. Our research is supported by a global clientele that includes government agencies, foundations, other nonprofit organizations, private-sector firms, and philanthropists.
RAND Health is one of the largest private health research groups in the world, with more than 270 projects under way at any given time, addressing a wide range of health care policy issues. However, research on health and health care at RAND is not performed solely in RAND Health. Research units as diverse as the RAND National Security Research Division and RAND Infrastructure, Safety, and Environment conduct health-related and health-relevant work. Multi-unit research centers—such as the Center for Military Health Policy Research and our Drug Policy Research Center—routinely perform health-related research that crosses RAND's divisions. The researchers pursuing this work include physicians, economists, psychologists, organizational analysts, operations researchers, political scientists, engineers, psychometricians, medical sociologists, policy analysts, and statisticians.
Until now, scholars have lacked ready access to the breadth and depth of RAND's health-related scholarship and policy analyses. RAND studies in peer-reviewed journals are indexed by the National Library of Medicine's PubMed/MEDLINE service, but many of RAND's top technical reports, our monographs, and our highly readable policy summaries—RAND research briefs—were not indexed. RAND Health Quarterly will bring all of this high-quality work together for the first time and provide links to our researchers' other publications in an easily navigable and highly readable format.
Nearly every project that RAND undertakes is a team effort, and this project is no exception. The journal is the product of an extensive collaboration involving our researchers, communications analysts, the Publications and Creative Services Department, and the Web Communications Group. Jim Thomson, our president and chief executive officer; Michael Rich, our executive vice president; and every unit head at RAND are deeply appreciative of their efforts.
Our vision is that RAND Health Quarterly will serve as our premier vehicle for showcasing the breadth and depth of RAND's health-related research and facilitate access to our work for scholars using online search tools to identify top-quality research relevant to their question or interest.
We look forward to sharing our work with you in the years to come, and we warmly welcome your comments and suggestions.
Arthur L. Kellermann, M.D., M.P.H.
Vice President and Director