Health Research


RAND advances understanding of health and health behaviors, and examines how the organization and financing of care affect costs, quality, and access. Our body of research includes innovative studies of health insurance, health care reform, and health information technology, as well as obesity, substance abuse, and PTSD. RAND findings also help inform policies that aim to improve the health of seniors and the care they receive.

  • Bottles of the prescription painkiller OxyContin sit on the shelves of a pharmacy in Provo, Utah, April 25, 2017

    Journal Article

    Nearly Thirty Percent of Physicians' Opioid Prescriptions Lack a Pain Diagnosis

    Sep 14, 2018

    Medical use of opioids has increased dramatically over the past two decades, far exceeding increases in the prevalence of pain. No pain diagnosis was recorded at 28.5 percent of physician visits in which an opioid was prescribed.

  • The entrance to the newly constructed Kaiser Permanente San Diego Medical Center hospital in San Diego, California, April 17, 2017


    Create Your Own Hospital Ratings

    Aug 29, 2018

    The Personalized Hospital Performance Report Card lets you review, customize, and compare hospitals across the United States. Create your own custom ratings based on the hospital performance areas that are most important to you.

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