This issue of RAND Health Quarterly includes four articles on military health. A team led by Carra S. Sims performed a garrison-level analysis of data from a 2014 formal needs assessment survey of active component soldiers. Sean Robson and others evaluated the implementation of the physical tests and standards being adopted by the U.S. Air Force Tactical Air Control Party and Air Liaison Officer career fields. A different team led by Sean Robson assessed the Strength Aptitude Test and related fitness tests to identify strategies for ensuring that airmen can meet job-related physical requirements. Brent Thomas and colleagues explored approaches to improve the resiliency of the blood supply chain for the Joint military community.
In health care delivery, quality, and patient safety, Andrew W. Mulcahy led a team that assessed access to medical care among injured workers in the state of California. Jakub P. Hlavka and two other researchers analyzed the preparedness of the health care systems in six European countries to ensure timely diagnosis and treatment of patients if an Alzheimer's disease-modifying therapy becomes available. A team led by Robert S. Rudin reviewed possible patient-empowered approaches to medical record matching and identified a three-stage solution that uses mobile phones and app-based functionality for further development and pilot testing.
In health promotion and disease prevention, Deborah A. Cohen and teams of researchers conducted multiple studies to examine park use and assess parks' role in promoting physical activity.
In mental health, Nicole K. Eberhart and others analyzed data from the California Health Interview Survey on key mental health indicators, including mental health services, service use, unmet need for services, and mental health-related functioning.
In public health and emergency preparedness, a research team led by Shira Efron examined the public health impacts of Gaza's water supply crisis.
Lisa S. Meredith, Ph.D., Editor