Tag Archives: Research

New RWJF Funding Opportunities Promote Access To Health Data For Researchers And Others

A few recent Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) efforts reflect its evolving interest in promoting access to health data of various types. For its new Health Data for Action program, it partners with athenahealth and the Health Care Cost Institute.

May 17, 2017

Help Wanted: Cost-Effectiveness Research For Health And Wellness

Studies that focus on non-clinically directed health promoting interventions are in short supply in spite of the fact that a robust literature has documented that health care’s impact on population health is dwarfed by social and environmental factors.

March 30, 2017

The Future Of Precision Medicine: Great Promise, Significant Challenges

Central to the PMI is the All of Us Research Program, which aims to enroll 1 million or more volunteers throughout the United States. If successful, it would be one of the largest longitudinal cohorts ever developed in this country.

February 28, 2017

Calculating Shared Savings: Administrative Formulas Versus Research-Based Evaluations

This post looks at the advantages and disadvantages of the two approaches and discusses how they can be melded to best serve administrative, payment, and research needs.

September 26, 2016

Who’s Funding Mental Health Research Worldwide?

RAND Europe has released a new report on global mental health research funding. The authors have used a "bottom-up" approach that looks at funding acknowledgments by researchers in papers published between 2009 and 2014. The authors analyzed nearly 230,000 papers.

August 16, 2016

Gulf War Illness 25 Years After Desert Storm

In the 25 years since Desert Storm, about 250,000 of the almost 700,000 involved in the Gulf War 1 theater have suffered from some version of Gulf War Illness. Care for these veterans was bedeviled by a lack of understanding of the nature and causes of the illness, and more generally, of the...

August 4, 2016

Is There Any Room Left For Empirical Research On Family Planning?

A recent evaluation of the impact of Texas’ exclusion of Planned Parenthood from a fee-for-service family planning program quickly sparked an aggressive response from state legislators. Placed in the context of increasing polarization, the space for empiricism in debates over politicized health...

June 28, 2016

To Fight Antimicrobial Resistance, Allow FDA To Approve New Drugs For Limited Populations

The discovery of a gene conferring resistance to colistin, a so-called “last resort” antibiotic, has alarmed microbiologists and public health experts around the world. The Senate has the opportunity to pass legislation that would directly address a public health need by bringing drugs for...

April 5, 2016

Tamiflu For All? Evidence Of Morbidity In CDC’s Antiviral Guidelines

The CDC is one of the nation’s most powerful voices when it comes to public health recommendations. Unfortunately, its advice on Tamiflu is neither scientifically sound or independently derived. Here we explain why -- and offer suggestions for what to do about it.

March 31, 2016

To Improve Pandemic Preparedness, Update The Priority Review Voucher Program

In a positive first step, the House recently proposed adding Zika to the list of diseases in the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) priority review voucher (PRV) program. The PRV platform, however, could be used far more proactively to help address future pandemics before they strike.

March 22, 2016