A national longitudinal survey of 1,540 adults ages 30-80 in 2019 and 2020 shows that people drank more frequently, and for women in particular, more heavily and with more negative consequences, during the initial stages of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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A Mixed-Method Comparison of Physician-Reported Beliefs About and Barriers to Treatment with Medications for Opioid Use Disorder 2020
We conducted a mixed-methods study that involved focus group interviews and an online survey disseminated to a random group of licensed U.S. physicians, which oversampled physicians with a preexisting waiver to prescribe buprenorphine.
In this analysis, we used a power plant modeling tool to study how a variety of power plant configurations respond to varying meteorological conditions.
The Complex Cancer Care Coverage Environment: What Is the Role of Legislation? A Case Study from Massachusetts 2020
We identified five current cancer coverage state laws and interviewed experts on their perceptions of the relevance of the laws and how well they meet the current needs of cancer care given rapid changes in therapies.
Perceptions and Determinants of Healthy Eating for People with HIV in the Dominican Republic Who Experience Food Insecurity 2020
PLHIV who experience food insecurity face various barriers to engaging in healthy dietary behaviours. Their diets are influenced at multiple levels of influence ranging from individual to structural, requiring multi-level interventions that can address these factors concurrently.
A federal Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five provided resources for a needs assessment of Oklahoma's system of early childhood care and education (ECCE). As part of the grant activities, RAND researchers collected expenditure data from Oklahoma ECCE providers and developed a cost model tailored for the state. The study estimated the cost of care by child age in center- and home-based settings and identified key ECCE cost drivers.
Our study highlights that the crime-punishment wave in the 1980s and 1990s created cohort differences in incarceration over the life course that changed the level of incarceration even decades after the wave.
In this review, we find that (a) US employers' use of conviction information is not clearly aligned with the risk of future criminal behavior or employer costs, and (b) using such information leads to hiring errors that pose costs to society.
We present results from a survey fielded in the RAND American Life Panel. The survey queried older workers about their current,desired, and expected job characteristics, and about how certain characteristics would affect their retirement decisions.
California Senate Bill (SB) 863 included several provisions intended to improve the efficient delivery of high-quality medical care to injured workers. This report uses data from the California Worker's Compensation Information System and interactions with subject-matter experts to evaluate several of the individual provisions and the overall impact of Senate Bill 863 on medical care utilization and spending for injured workers in California.