The Milbank Quarterly
A Multidisciplinary Journal of Population Health and Health Policy
Volume 96, Issue 2 Pages: 215-408 June 2018
Emerging Trends in Clinical Research With Implications for Population Health and Health Policy
BENJAMIN CHIN‐YEE, S.V. SUBRAMANIAN, AMOL A. VERMA, ANDREAS LAUPACIS, FAHAD RAZAK
First Published: 04 June 2018
Significant advances in clinical medicine that have broader societal relevance may be less accessible to population health researchers and policymakers because of increased specialization within fields.
We describe important recent clinical advances and discuss their broader societal impact. These advances include more expansive strategies for disease prevention, the rise of precision medicine, applications of human microbiome research, and new and highly successful treatments for hepatitis C infection.
These recent developments in clinical research raise important issues surrounding health care costs and equitable resource allocation that necessitate an ongoing dialogue among the fields of clinical medicine, population health, and health policy.