This issue of RAND Health Quarterly includes several studies on military health, including a study by Troxel et al. on military sleep. The authors reviewed prior literature and fielded a survey to describe the consequences of sleep problems among servicemembers. They found that poor sleep quality and sleep-related daytime impairment are associated with poor physical health, mental health problems, and lower perceived unit readiness. The authors also evaluated approaches to promote sleep health. Other work also looks at care transitions for service members with traumatic brain injury, primary care treatment systems, suicide postvention, behavioral health care systems, and the quality of care for psychological health conditions.
Four studies on mental health in California describe the results of campaigns to reduce stigma and train others in suicide risk recognition and intervention skills. In health promotion research, Mattke et al. examined data from workplace wellness programs. A different study led by Mattke investigated ways to improve care for chronic conditions. Hussey et al. identify paths to sustainability for innovative care delivery programs. Martin and Luoto look at ways to strengthen consumer connections to the health care system. Carman and Eibner tracked health insurance enrollment after the implementation of the Affordable Care Act; a separate article describes the methodology behind their study.
Andrew W. Mulcahy, Ph.D., M.P.P., Editor