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Research priorities for assessing health effects from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill : a letter report

Author(s):
Institute of Medicine (US) Committee to Review the Federal Response to the Health Effects Associated with the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill
Title(s):
Research priorities for assessing health effects from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill : a letter reportĀ [electronic resource] / Committee to Review the Federal Response to the Health Effects Associated with the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill, Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice, Institute of Medicine of the National Academies.
Country of Publication:
United States
Publisher:
Washington, DC : National Academies Press, c2010.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780309163125
0309163129
9780309163132 (e-ISBN)
0309163137 (e-ISBN)
Electronic Links:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK51872
Summary:
At the request of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), a committee appointed by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) is tasked with providing advice to HHS on research priorities for assessing health effects of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The committee's recommendations are included in this report. The committee believes that it is important to study health effects from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill for three reasons: 1. To learn about the impact of oil spills on human health,2. To improve mitigation efforts, and3. To prevent adverse health effects from occurring in individuals affected by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill and in future disasters.During its information-gathering process, the committee learned about many potential areas of research aimed at improving its understanding of the physical and behavioral health effects of oil spills. All of those areas are important. The committee evaluated the information and narrowed the list of possible research opportunities to those that it believes should be considered priorities. The committee's research priorities encompass five main areas: behavioral health, exposure assessment, seafood safety, communication, and developing a research response framework for disasters. The research priorities, summarized in Box 1, are not presented in any specific order. They address current gaps in knowledge and the order of priority will depend on further scientific review and community input.
MeSH:
Environmental Exposure/adverse effects
Environmental Monitoring
Occupational Exposure/adverse effects
Oceans and Seas
Petroleum/adverse effects
Water Pollution, Chemical/adverse effects*
Notes:
Title from PDF title page.
Includes bibliographical references.
Issued also in print.
This study was supported by Contract No. N01-OD-4-2139 between the National Academy of Sciences and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Mode of access: Internet.
NLM ID:
101557933 [Electronic Resource]

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