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Evidence-Based Resource Summary

Strength of Evidence: 
3 out of 4
3 out of 4
Year Published: 

The Future of Disability in America

Description of Resource: 
The 2007 Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) report entitled “The Future of Disability in America” summarizes an independent, 2-phased study undertaken by IOM that represents a nonsystematic review intended to identify gaps in disability science and propose steps to strengthen the evidence base for public and private actions to reduce the impact of disability and related conditions on individuals and society in the United States. The report addresses: methodological and policy issues related to the definition, measurement, and monitoring of disability and health over time; trends in the amount, types, and causes of disability; aging with disability and secondary health conditions; transitions from child/adolescent to adult services and community participation; role of assistive technology and physical environments; financing of health care services, including risk adjustment for managed care participation; and directions for research. Overall, the report constitutes a review of the public health dimensions of disability.

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Developed By: 
Institute of Medicine
Developer Type: 
Non-Federal Government
Healthy People 2020 Topic Area(s): 
Disability and Health
Healthy People 2020 Objectives: 
Resource Type: 
Non-Systematic Review
Expert Opinion
Field M and Jette A, eds., and Committee on Disability in America, Board on Health Sciences Policy, Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. The Future of Disability in America [Internet]. Washington, DC: National Academies Press; 2007 [cited 2014 Mar 10]. Available from: