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Health and Medicine

FSI’s researchers assess health and medicine through the lenses of economics, nutrition and politics. They’re studying and influencing public health policies of local and national governments and the roles that corporations and nongovernmental organizations play in providing health care around the world. Scholars look at how governance affects citizens’ health, how children’s health care access affects the aging process and how to improve children’s health in Guatemala and rural China. They want to know what it will take for people to cook more safely and breathe more easily in developing countries.

FSI professors investigate how lifestyles affect health. What good does gardening do for older Americans? What are the benefits of eating organic food or growing genetically modified rice in China? They study cost-effectiveness by examining programs like those aimed at preventing the spread of tuberculosis in Russian prisons. Policies that impact obesity and undernutrition are examined; as are the public health implications of limiting salt in processed foods and the role of smoking among men who work in Chinese factories. FSI health research looks at sweeping domestic policies like the Affordable Care Act and the role of foreign aid in affecting the price of HIV drugs in Africa.

Recent Other Publications

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Half-Baked — The Retail Promotion of Marijuana Edibles

March 2015

FSI Fellow Robert MacCoun and co-author Michelle Mello argue for regulation of marijana-infused edible products.

Automating Quality Review For Heart Failure Through a Performance Measurement System

October 2013

The efficiency frontier approach to economic evaluation of health care interventions

October 2010

The Dedicated VAT Solution

August 2010

The National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, co-chaired by former Clinton White House Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles and former Republican Senate Whip AlanSimpson, faces two over...

Multicenter Study of Preferences for Health Education in the Emergency Department Population

June 2010

Objectives: Emergency departments (EDs) are increasingly proposed as high-yield venues for providing preventive health education to a population at risk for unhealthy behaviors and unmet primary...

When Tight Blood Pressure Control is not for Everyone: A New Model for Performance Measurement in Hypertension

April 2010

Background: Many patients with hypertension have legitimate reasons to forego standard blood pressure targets yet are nonetheless included in performance measurement systems.

CHP/PCOR winter 2010 newsletter

February 2010

Round-up of CHP/PCOR news and publications

Recommendations for Modeling Disaster Responses in Public Health and Medicine: A Position Paper of the Society for Medical Decision Making

July 2009

Purpose.

Beyond the Public Plan: Pathway to Control Costs & Transform the Delivery System

July 2009

The current focus of the health reform debate is rightfully beginning to shift to the need to transform the delivery system to contain the long run growth in costs.

Comparative Effectiveness Research Prioritization

June 2009

Clinical research presents health care providers with information on the natural history and clinical presentations of disease as well as diagnostic and treatment options.

ACCF/ASNC/ACR/AHA/ASE/SCCT/SCMR/SNM 2009 Appropriate Use Criteria for Cardiac Radionuclide Imaging. A Report of the American College of Cardiology Foundation Appropriate Use Criteria Task Force, the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology, the America

May 2009

The American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF), along with key specialty and subspecialty societies, conducted an appropriate use review of common clinical scenarios where cardiac...

Maternal and Neonatal Outcomes of Elective Induction of Labor

March 2009

Background: Induction of labor is on the rise in the U.S., increasing from 9.5 percent in 1990 to 22.1 percent in 2004.

CHP/PCOR Quarterly Update, Winter 2008 Issue

January 2008

This issue of CHP/PCOR's Quarterly Update covers news from the Fall 2007 quarter and includes articles about: the 2007 Eisenberg Legacy Lecture event, featuring CHP/PCOR core faculty member Victor...

CHP/PCOR Quarterly Update, Fall 2007 Issue

October 2007

This issue of CHP/PCOR's Quarterly Update covers news from the Summer 2007 quarter and includes articles about:two reports on care coordination -- one on care coordination strategies in general,...

CHP/PCOR Quarterly Update, Summer 2007 Issue

June 2007

This issue of CHP/PCOR's Quarterly Update covers news from the Spring 2007 quarter and includes articles about: the HIV/AIDS International Conference in St.

CHP/PCOR Quarterly Update, Spring 2007 Issue

April 2007

This issue of CHP/PCOR's Quarterly Update covers news from the Winter 2007 quarter and includes articles about: two Veterans Affairs-related items -- this year's recipient of the Under Secretary's...

CHP/PCOR Quarterly Update, Winter 2007 Issue

January 2007

This issue of CHP/PCOR's Quarterly Update covers news from the Fall 2006 quarter and includes articles about: the effect of health insurance on obese individuals' behaviors, as well as possible...

Effectiveness and Cost-Effectiveness of Thrombolysis in Submassive Pulmonary Embolism

January 2007

Background: Thrombolytic therapy is controversial in patients with submassive pulmonary embolism.

CHP/PCOR Quarterly Update, fall 2006 issue

October 2006

This issue of CHP/PCOR's quarterly newsletter, which covers news from the summer 2006 quarter, includes articles about: research by CHP/PCOR investigators that influenced the Centers for Disease...

CHP/PCOR Quarterly Update, spring 2006 issue

April 2006

This issue of CHP/PCOR's quarterly newsletter, which covers news from the winter 2006 quarter, includes articles about: a comprehensive review of worldwide anthrax cases from 1900 to 2005,...

Measures of Pediatric Health Care Quality Based on Hospital Administrative Data

February 2006

This report documents the work undertaken in Phase I of a two-phase process to develop the Pediatric Quality Indicators as part of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) contract, ...

CHP/PCOR Quarterly Update, winter 2006 issue

January 2006

This issue of CHP/PCOR's quarterly newsletter, which covers news from the fall 2005 quarter, includes articles about: a study concluding that the implantable cardioverter defibrillator -- one of...

CHP/PCOR Quarterly Update, fall 2005 issue

October 2005

This issue of CHP/PCOR's quarterly newsletter, which covers news from the summer 2005 quarter, includes articles about: our new core faculty member Grant Miller, a Harvard-trained health economist...

People

Paul H. Wise Senior Fellow Professor, Pediatrics (CHP/PCOR)
Stephen P. Luby Senior Fellow Professor, Medicine (CHP/PCOR)
Jay Bhattacharya Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, Medicine (CHP/PCOR)
Grant Miller Senior Fellow Associate Professor, Medicine (CHP/PCOR)
Kathryn M. McDonald Senior Research Scholar Executive Director, CHP/PCOR, Senior Scholar, CHP/PCOR
Michele Barry Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, Medicine
Douglas K. Owens Senior Fellow Professor, Medicine (CHP/PCOR)
David Relman Senior Fellow Professor, Medicine, Professor, Microbiology and Immunology
Randall S. Stafford Professor, Medicine
Stefanos A. Zenios Professor, Operations, Information and Technology, Professor, Health Care Management
Jonathan Shaw Clinical Assistant Professor, Medicine
Maria Polyakova Assistant Professor, HRP