Late last year, we asked our editorial board members and contributing editors to tell us what they thought were the most important health news stories of 2016. In our January article “The Year in Review 2016,” we take a closer look at three of their most-mentioned topics: the Affordable Care Act (ACA), opioid misuse, and Zika virus.
What other issues stood out last year in specific areas of health care? We compiled top news story roundups for several categories—here’s an overview (click the links below to read the full articles):
- Gun violence
- Access to care: LGBT health, migrants, mental health care, medication costs, rural health care
- Workplace stress: 12-hour shifts, EHRs, evidence-based practice, staffing
- Nursing education: increased access, faculty shortage, expanded simulation, improved employment prospects
- Care delivery barriers: care for veterans, nurses’ practice authority
- Sepsis awareness
- Maternal mortality
- Patient engagement
- Population health trends
Finally, see “Stories to Watch in 2017” for a discussion of a few health topics, aside from the fate of the ACA, that we expect to hear more about this year.