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Institute of Medicine identifies 12 indicators to improve US health

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 23 March 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d1830
  1. Bob Roehr
  1. 1Washington DC

The US Institute of Medicine (IOM) has identified 12 key indicators, including reducing calorie intake from solid fats and added sugars, and 24 objectives as priorities for improving the health of the nation over the next decade.

The Department of Health and Human Services requested and funded the development of the report, which was published on 15 March. It reviews and prioritises recommendations made in Healthy People 2020 (, the latest in a series of forward looking blueprints to improve the health of US citizens over the next 10 years.

The goals “have grown increasingly multiplied and complicated” over the four editions of the document, …

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