Stokols D, Hall K., Taylor B., Moser R., Syme S., eds. The Science of Team Science: Assessing the Value of Transdiscplinary Research. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2008;35(2S):S94-95.
Several years ago, I chaired a committee organized by the IOM to consider the success of our public health efforts to prevent disease. The resulting 493-page report concluded that we were not doing a very good job.1 The committee offered 18 recommendations intended to improve this situation. The first recommendation was that we needed to develop a better balance between clinical approaches to disease prevention (presently the dominant public health model for most risk factors) and work that recognizes the importance of generic social and behavioral determinants of disease, injury, and disability. The second recommendation was that we needed to develop interventions that took account of a wide range of health determinants that operated at the individual, interpersonal, institutional, community, and policy levels. The main message was that we needed somehow to transcend our disciplinary silos and consider a much broader set of determinants in a far more complex way than we have so far been able to do. Easier said than done. The papers in this supplement to the American Journal of Preventive Medicine2–16 therefore are a timely, important, and badly needed contribution to our work in preventing disease and promoting health.
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