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Health Law Research Guide

This in-depth guide on health law research provides access to legal and public policy resources on various aspects of health law.


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Select Resources for Reports and Policy-Oriented Materials

Various government offices produce nonpartisan reports, including:

  • Congressional Budget Office (CBO)
    Among its other duties, the "CBO performs analytical studies at the request of a Congressional Committee or Subcommittee; the Congressional leadership; or as time permits, individual Members. The analyses, which address a broad range of topics, are published as studies and papers or as letters, or they are delivered in testimony." The CBO's website includes health-related reports from 1976 to present in addition to a special collection of health-related materials.
  • General Accountability Office (GAO) Reports
    The GAO "is known as 'the investigative arm of Congress' and 'the congressional watchdog.' GAO supports the Congress in meeting its constitutional responsibilities and helps improve the performance and accountability of the federal government for the benefit of the American people." Most GAO reports are prepared at the request of members of Congress. Reports are available on FDsys (1993 - 2008) and from the Government Accountability Office (1935 - ).


Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports

Congressional Research Service (CRS), the research arm of the Library of Congress, provides authoritative, objective, and nonpartisan research and analysis to committees and members of the House of Representatives and the Senate, regardless of party and affiliation. CRS produces new research as issues develop or are anticipated, and their reports are designed specifically to meet the needs of Congress. CRS research, while on a variety of topics, falls under five divisions: American Law; Domestic Social Policy; Foreign Affairs, Defense and Trade; Government and Finance; and Resources, Science, and Industry.

Policy Think Tanks and Research Institutes

Policy think tanks and research institutes also produce and publish many policy reports. To search for these, first try searching the following databases:

  • Policy File Index (1990 - )
    Indexes research and publications from public policy think tanks, university research programs, research organizations, and publishers. Each item includes an abstract and, where available, access to the full-text of the report and/or the homepages and email addresses of the authoring institution.
  • PAIS Index (1915 - )
    Covers issues in the public debate through a wide variety of international sources including journal articles, books, government documents, statistical directories, grey literature, research reports, conference papers, web content, and more. 
  • CQ Researcher (1991 - )
    Published 44 times per year, each report provides in-depth coverage of a particular political or social issue. Search by keyword, browse by topic ("Health"), or use the Issue Tracker to follow particular health-related topics (e.g., health insurance). Available through the CQ Electronic Library.

Government Agencies and Institutes

Academic Institutes and Think Tanks

Grassroots and Advocacy Groups