Discusses the benefits of linking epidemiological modeling with international health resource allocation decisions and examines experimental models of influenza outbreak and antiretroviral policy in India.
Coordination and communication among community partners-including health departments, emergency management agencies, and hospitals-are essential for effective pandemic influenza planning and response. As the nation's largest integrated health care system, the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) could be a key component of community planning.
Comparing the costs and health value associated with alternative quality improvement efforts , this study employs expert panel methodology to elicit numerical estimates based on a 0 to 1 utility scale of the health benefit of usual treatment patterns for 2 medical conditions, depression and asthma.
Pharmaceutical regulations in 19 developed countries from 1992 to 2004 are analyzed for their affect on pharmaceutical revenues. There has been a trend toward increased regulation, and most regulations reduce pharmaceutical revenues significantly.
Provides a curricula that can be used to train hospital and clinic staff as well as department of mental health staff about how to prepare for and respond to the psychological consequences of large-scale disasters.
This research brief summarizes research that has identified the advantages and disadvantages of some approaches used to measure public health preparedness and suggested avenues for developing new preparedness tools.
Describes a new quality-improvement tool that public health agencies can adopt to regularly look back at each routine annual influenza season to systematically institutionalize knowledge from one influenza season to the next.
New influenza A virus subtypes, similar to those that caused the three pandemics of the 20th century, are likely to emerge in the 21st century. RAND offers a manual of tabletop exercises that can be used by state and local health agencies to help prepare for such a threat.
This paper examines the relationships among physician- parent communication practices, physicians' perceptions of parental expectations for antibiotic treatment, and inappropriate antibiotic prescribing for viral upper respiratory tract infections.