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Welcome to the AcademyHealth blog, together with our members, we promote interaction across the health research and policy arenas by bringing together a broad spectrum of players to share their perspectives. Here we offer important perspectives from people passionate about expanding access to care, reducing costs and improving quality, as well as updates on AcademyHealth activities relevant to the community.

Blog Post       Innovative Study Design Alleviates Challenges Associated with Rare Disease Clinical Trials

Innovative Study Design Alleviates Challenges Associated with Rare Disease Clinical Trials

The road to the approval of therapies for rare diseases is long and challenging. This blog post outlines how one study addresses this through embracing a multistakeholder approach, removing travel barriers associated with participation, and leveraging historical patient data to replace placebo data.
Posted Aug 23, 2021 By Helen Moniz
Blog Post       Data Infrastructure Efforts to Support Maternal Health Featured in Health Affairs

Data Infrastructure Efforts to Support Maternal Health Featured in Health Affairs

Designed to build data capacity for conducting patient-centered outcomes research, ASPE’s Office of the Secretary Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Trust Fund has funded several cross-agency projects aimed at improving maternal health. A new Health Affairs blog post describes these efforts and highlights guiding principles for moving forward.
Blog Post       Implementation Science: Incorporating Participatory System Dynamics to Identify and Address Barriers to Change

Implementation Science: Incorporating Participatory System Dynamics to Identify and Address Barriers to Change

In order for health interventions to be effective, stakeholders must understand the deeply rooted systemic problems responsible for bottlenecks and miscommunications. The final blog in our series on implementation science examines how the study of participatory system dynamics can give implementation teams more insight into the root causes of health system pain points.
Posted Aug 9, 2021 By Jennifer Bresnick
Blog Post       Building a Better Evidence Base to Address the Social Determinants of Health

Building a Better Evidence Base to Address the Social Determinants of Health

A recent literature review revealed most studies of social need interventions were poorly designed, inadequately documented, and inconsistently presented. In this post, Robert Dubois of the National Pharmaceutical Council, an AcademyHealth Organizational Member, outlines the state of the research and provides recommendations to improve study design quality.
Posted Aug 5, 2021 By Robert W. Dubois, M.D., Ph.D.
Blog Post       Implementation Science: Leveraging User-Centered Design to Improve Experiences with Health Interventions

Implementation Science: Leveraging User-Centered Design to Improve Experiences with Health Interventions

User-centered design helps make health interventions more engaging and effective for both patient participants and health care staff. How can implementation teams leverage user-centered design to achieve better outcomes?
Posted Aug 4, 2021 By Jennifer Bresnick
Blog Post       The Role of Employers (and Employees) in the Health Spending Conversation

The Role of Employers (and Employees) in the Health Spending Conversation

As partners in the Going Below The Surface Forum, AcademyHealth and the National Pharmaceutical Council (NPC) consider the drivers of health spending in the U.S. through salons focused on challenging questions. Today’s post takes a closer look at strategies to reduce costs via employer-sponsored health benefits.