Physical Health

Improving health care through clinical decision support

Health care providers often have a hard time keeping up with the latest medical findings and recommendations. Electronic clinical decision support (CDS) systems can bring together information about evidence-based...

Adapting the message on cervical cancer screening

Among the major ethnic groups in the US, Hispanic women have the highest rate of cervical cancer, but African American women are more likely to die of this disease,...

Exploring sick leave policies with L.A. food service workers

Some food-borne disease outbreaks in the U.S. result from restaurant employees, especially food preparers, working when they are ill. They come to work sick at least in part because...

Surveying infection control practices at surgery centers

Ambulatory or out-patient surgery centers are increasingly used for surgeries and other invasive procedures that don’t require patients to stay overnight. However, there’s little data on ambulatory surgery centers’...

Veterans' exposure to burn pit emissions

At sites in Iraq and Afghanistan, the military burned its waste in open pits. The smoke contained pollutants that may have short- and long-term health effects in certain cases...

Improving the surveillance of HIV in Senegal

To better prevent and control the spread of HIV, the West African country of Senegal is working to establish a high-quality, country-wide HIV surveillance system. Like other countries in...

Breast cancer in Ghana: Why is detection so late?

Many Ghanaian women with breast cancer are diagnosed at late stages of the disease or receive a poor prognosis when the cancer is discovered. To learn more about detecting,...

Launching the PCORI Transitional Care Evidence to Action Network

Transitioning patients from one health care setting to another can be risky to the patient and could lead to other hospitalizations or complications if issues concerning the patient’s care...

Streamlining cancer trials

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) continually looks for ways to streamline and standardize its clinical trials to ensure that results can readily translate into cancer treatments. As part of...

Advancing tobacco product regulation through research

To exercise its legal authority to regulate the manufacture, marketing, and distribution of tobacco products, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires rigorous and timely scientific evidence to inform...

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