Health and Medicine

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 Scholarly Publications

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The practitioner's dilemma: can we use a patient's race to predict genetics, ancestry, and the expected outcomes of treatment?

December 2005

Recent research has identified genetic traits that can be used in a laboratory setting to distinguish among global population groups.

Hospital Choice in Japan

September 1995

We use newly released data on Japanese hospitals to explore patients’ perceptions of hospital quality, the implications of these assessments for the structure of demand for hospital care, and the...

Frequency of HIV Screening in the Veterans Health Administrations: Implications for Early Diagnosis of HIV Infection

December 2008

We evaluated the frequency of HIV testing across the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the largest provider of HIV care in the United States.

Medical Ivory Towers and the High Cost of Health Care: A Comparison of Teaching Hospitals in the United States and Japan

January 1993

Surgical Volumes and Operating Room Efficiency in Stanford University and Tokyo University Hospitals

January 1996

One of the most persistent and important questions in international comparisons of health systems pertains to the wide divergence in costs between countries.

Japan-America Security Alliance: Prospects for the Twenty-First Century, The

January 1998

By almost any criterion of success—be it cost-effectiveness, risk-reward ratio, multipliereffects, or sheer longevity, the Japan America Security Alliance (JASA) stands out as one ofthe most...

Evaluating Human Papillomavirus Vaccination Programs

November 2004

Human papillomavirus (HPV) has been implicated as the primary etiologic agent of cervical cancer. Potential vaccines against high-risk HPV types are in clinical trials.

Variation of Clinical Judgment in Cases of Hysterectomy in R.O.C., Japan, England, and the United States

October 1998

Hysterectomy is the most common non-pregnancy-related major surgery performed on women in the United States.

Alglucerase for Gaucher's Disease: Dose, Costs, and Benefits

December 1994

Can Technology Assessment Control Health Spending?

December 1994

Because medical technology is the most important controllable component of health spending growth, the success of strategies for limiting spending growth depends upon their impact on technology...

Cost-Effectiveness Analysis as a Measure of Value

December 1996

Cost-Effectiveness of Three Methods to Enhance the Sensitivity of Papanicolaou Testing

December 1999

Also a 1998 research report: Medical Advisory Panel, TEC Program, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association

Cost-Effectiveness of Screening for Carotid Stenosis in Asymptomatic Individuals

December 1997

Costs and Health Consequences of Cholesterol Screening for Asymptomatic Older Americans

December 1991

Creating the Costliest Orphan: The Orphan Drug Act in the Development of Ceredase

December 1992

Economic Foundations of Cost-Effectiveness Analysis

December 1997

Health Care Productivity

December 1997

Is High-Flux Dialysis Cost Effective?

December 1993

Low Molecular Weight Heparins Compared with Unfractionated Heparin for the Treatment of Acute Deep Vein Thrombosis: A Cost-Effectiveness Analysis

December 1999

Low-molecular-weight heparin preparations are as safe and effective as unfractionated heparin for the treatment of acute deep venous thrombosis.

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lanhee chen 2017 headshot reduced size Lanhee J. Chen Affiliate, CDDRL David and Diane Steffy Fellow in American Public Policy Studies, Hoover Institution, Director of Domestic Policy Studies and Lecturer, Public Policy Program
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Pascaline Dupas Headshot Pascaline Dupas Senior Fellow Professor, Economics, Senior Fellow, SIEPR, Director, Stanford King Center on Global Development
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Steve Luby Headshot Stephen P. Luby Senior Fellow Professor, Medicine, Senior Fellow, Woods Institute for the Environment, Professor, Epidemiology & Population Health (by courtesy)
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glenn chertow Glenn M. Chertow Professor, Medicine
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