Topic List : Health Policy
California vaccination exemptions tend to cluster in white, affluent communities
A new study may help public health officials come up with strategies for reaching out to parents who may be the most likely to avoid vaccinating their children.
Bioethics team creates online repository of advice on ethical research practices
Standardized ethics consultation templates will enable bioethicists to share best practices in a centralized, privacy-protected repository.
Vantage Point: It's time to talk honestly about dying
A Stanford palliative-care expert urges better, higher-quality communication between patients and physicians regarding end-of-life care.
Experts debate public health consequences of e-cigarettes
Panelists debated whether e-cigarettes could help long-time smokers quit combustible cigarettes, or whether the devices could help make smoking seem like a normal activity again.
Laurence Baker tapped to head Department of Health Research and Policy
The new chair of the department is an expert on how changing financial incentives and organization affect health-care delivery and costs.
5 Questions: Kathryn McDonald on need to learn from diagnostic errors
A landmark Institute of Medicine report has found that despite dramatic improvements in patient safety over the last 15 years, diagnostic errors have been the critical blind spot of health-care providers.
Keith Humphreys on the nationwide heroin epidemic
New attention is being paid to a growing nationwide public health crisis - an epidemic of heroin use.
Dental coverage for patients with Medicaid may not prevent tooth-related ER visits
Access to dental care by low-income Americans has become the exception, rather than the rule, as fewer dentists accept Medicaid, according to a new study.
Out-of-pocket health costs tied to antimicrobial resistance
The increasing resistance to antimicrobial drugs is a growing public health concern, particularly in low- and middle-income countries that require high out-of-pocket payments for prescription drugs.
Marcella Alsan, Jason Andrews awarded Rosenkranz Prize
The award aims to help young researchers investigate ways of improving access to health care in developing countries.