Five articles in this issue of RAND Health Quarterly share the results of studies on military health: The Deployment Life Study, launched in 2009, surveyed military families on aspects of readiness throughout the deployment cycle. Two studies examine aspects of TRICARE: value-based purchasing and the Applied Behavior Analysis benefit, an intervention for children with autism spectrum disorder. Melinda Moore and colleagues assessed Army medical practice in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and non–Veterans Affairs civilian facilities and suggested opportunities for improving military-civilian synergies. A large team led by Carrie Farmer conducted the first population-based study of care received by service members with mild traumatic brain injury in the Military Health System.
Three studies from RAND Europe focus on research methods: Lariviére and Grant conducted a bibliometric analysis of mental health research from 1980 to 2008. A team led by Molly Morgan Jones synthesized 100 influential studies by the UK’s National Institute for Health Research to mark its tenth anniversary. Dubow and Marjanovic examine the social implications of a variety of population-scale genome-sequencing efforts that have emerged over the past two decades.
A 14-person team led by Anita Chandra collaborated with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to develop an action framework for a Culture of Health in the United States. In health policy and economics, Soeren Mattke and colleagues share policy options to incentivize fair distribution of high-cost cures and therapies for chronic diseases. Christine Buttorf and a team of researchers examine private health insurance exchanges. Three articles on mental health review the results of surveys, trainings, and social media campaigns in California.
Andrew W. Mulcahy, Ph.D., M.P.P., Editor