Today, perhaps more than ever, health care is a key item on the nation's agenda. Government policy makers, health professionals, scientists, industrial and civic leaders, patient advocates, and private citizens across the social spectrum are focusing on how best to obtain a high-quality health system that is efficient and affordable in its operation and that functions well for everyone.
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) regularly considers this challenge from a variety of perspectives. Recent efforts have focused on improving the organization and operation of the nation's largest health agency; working to assess what diagnostic, therapeutic, and preventive services work best; gauging the overall health of the nation's population; and identifying ways to build an even stronger foundation of evidence-based medicine that effectively captures the promise of scientific discovery and technological innovation and enables doctors, nurses, and other health professionals to provide the right care for the right patient at the right time.
The body of this book illustrates the work of IOM committees in selected, major areas in recent years, followed by a description of IOM's convening and collaborative activities and fellowship programs. The last section provides a comprehensive bibliography of IOM reports published since 2007.
Table of Contents
|The Institute of Medicine: Advising the Nation, Improving Health||1-4|
|Charting a Course for the Future of Health Care||5-16|
|Meeting the Unique Health Needs of Women and Children||17-32|
|Improving the Nation's Health Care System||33-52|
|Stretching Across International Borders||53-66|
|Eating Right: Keeping America Healthy||67-74|
|Managing Threats and Ensuring Healthy Communities: Health of the Public||75-84|
|Taking Care of Those Who Take Care of Us: Military and Veterans||85-102|
|Advancing Knowledge and Shaping a Research Agenda||103-114|
|Convening and Collaborating: Forums and Roundtables||115-122|
|Producing Tomorrow's Health Leaders: Fellowships at the Institute of Medicine||123-126|
|Recent and Upcoming Reports||127-162|
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