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Lancet. 1991 Apr 13;337(8746):891-4.

Priority setting: lessons from Oregon.

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  • 1Commonwealth Fund, New York, NY 10021-2692.


The state of Oregon has developed a unique method to set priorities for health services. The method is based on a cost-utility formula but also incorporates public attitudes and values. Using an explicit process, the Oregon Health Services Commission has completed the ranking of 714 condition-treatment pairs. The background, methods, and criticisms of the Oregon approach highlight key questions for managers and physicians in other health services when they allocate limited resources.

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