As an integral part of our mission, Altarum Institute publishes reports and papers, using our own research, or on behalf of clients, for the interested public, the academic community, government officials, and health policy experts. We cover emerging issues and trends in military and veterans’ health, sexual and behavioral health, elder care, health economics, and much more.
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March 18, 2016
The prospect of a coming boon in self-driving cars has captured the imagination of many Americans. Self-driving cars offer the promise of enjoyable, stress-free drives. This report aims to identify policy issues related to the use of autonomous vehicles (AVs) that will have a bearing on public health and to identify research topics that will support informed decisionmaking related to AVs and public health.
March 8, 2016
With funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Altarum Institute’s Center for Sustainable Health Spending is creating a structure to demonstrate the value of investments in nonclinical primary prevention—interventions outside of the medical system that reduce the incidence of injury and illness—and their impact on health care costs.
Ethics Consultation Quality Assessment Tool: A Novel Method for Assessing the Quality of Ethics Case Consultations Based on Written Records
February 25, 2016
Although ethics consultation is offered as a clinical service in most hospitals in the United States, few valid and practical tools are available to evaluate, ensure, and improve ethics consultation quality.
February 25, 2016
Fins and colleagues (2016) describe their pilot evaluation of portfolios for quality attestation as “a significant step on the pathway to an eventual certification process for clinical ethics consultants”.
February 3, 2016
Altarum Institute’s Center for Food and Nutrition assists administrators of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education (SNAP-Ed) with developing and implementing nutrition education programming to improve the likelihood that persons eligible for SNAP will make healthy food choices and pursue physically active lifestyles.
January 27, 2016
Despite the challenges of perennially low funding levels and the lack of federal investment in the development of infrastructure and technology for the aging network, it is showing signs of significant progress in developing relationships with a diverse array of health care organizations.
December 10, 2015
We present a high-level framework to show the process by which an investment in primary prevention produces value. We define primary prevention broadly to include investments in any of the determinants of health.
November 17, 2015
The short answer is staggering: In the U.S., we will spend $3.207 trillion in 2015.1 That’s $3,207 with nine zeroes behind it—a number so large that it’s nearly impossible to comprehend.