Thousands of visitors come to rwjf.org to read up on the most up-to-date and comprehensive research supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Each year we identify a group of 20 articles, based on their popularity on rwjf.org, and ask you to trim that list to the five Most Influential Research Articles—the "Final 5." The 2012 Year in Research campaign was our most successful since we first launched the poll in 2008. We gratefully acknowledge the nominees—our grantees—for their remarkable contributions to each of their respective fields of research, and to the research and evaluation community at large.
You can read more about the winners and their personal stories below in interviews about what inspired them to pursue their research, and the impact they have seen thus far. We also recommend you read our interview with David C. Colby, vice president of Research and Evaluation at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, in which he explains the value of the winners' research.
MEET THE FINAL 5
Curry AE, Pfeiffer MR, Localio R, and Durbin DR
American Journal of Preventive Medicine: Teen drivers may not like it, but New Jersey's pioneering graduated driving license decal law is estimated to have prevented more than 1,600 crashes.Learn more about the research
Delbanco T, Walker J, Bell SK, Darer JD, Elmore JG, Farag N, Feldman HJ, Mejilla R, Ngo L, Ralston JD, Ross SE, Trivedi N, Vodicka E, and Leveille SG
Annals of Internal Medicine: This article could help drive a culture of more transparency between patients and providers, enabling two-way communication that levels the proverbial playing field.Learn more about the research
American Journal of Preventive Medicine: Virtual "cybercycling" may produce a beneficial cognitive effect over and above traditional exercise.Learn more about the research
No. 4 Six Features of Medicare Coordinated Care Demonstration Programs that Cut Hospital Admissions of High-Risk Patients
Health Affairs: Policy-makers seeking to slow the growth in Medicare spending have appropriately focused attention on beneficiaries with multiple chronic conditions. The study identifies effective coordinated care options.Learn more about the research
Nursing Research and Practice: According to this study, physician wages aren’t depressed when APRNs practice independently.Learn more about the research