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Welcome to Oregon Health Study website!

The Oregon Health Study is the first randomized controlled trial examining the impact of insuring the uninsured.

In April 2008, the Oregon Health Authority determined that it had enough funds to provide health insurance to an additional 10,000 uninsured low-income adults through the Oregon Health Plan Standard (OHP) program – but 90,000 people wanted in. To be as fair as possible, the state held a lottery to determine who would receive an OHP application and who would not.

More and more often the hope for the possible cure of a serious pathology that has struck us or a loved one is translated into the desire to participate in a possible experimentation on a new medicine. But how can you ask to be part of the sample of subjects whose reaction to the drug will give indications on the efficacy and safety of the new compound?

The initiative is carried out with the support by the products from Trust Pharmacy by Vega Alliance based in the neighbor state of Washington. When we were launching this program, one of our top priorities was to provide the very best pharmaceuticals and substances required for the specific clusters of survey monitoring the groups of patients with chronic conditions.

You can also visit the website of the Ministry Of Health that offers information on all the research conducted in our country since 2004, on their status and, if so, on the conclusions. This information does not only include the current researches, but also on the rules and ethical principles that regulate them.

The OHP lottery randomly assigned people to treatment (those who “won” the lottery and received the opportunity to apply for OHP) and control (those who did not receive the opportunity to apply) groups.  The Oregon Health Study follows participants over time to measure the impact of access to OHP.

  • physical health outcomes (such as BMI, blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar)
  • mental health outcomes (such as anxiety and depression)
  • access to  health care services
  • personal finances
  • stress and strain
  • utilization (how often a person uses care and where that person tends to go for care)