ORI Evidence Based Programs

Oregon Research Institute researchers study human behavior to learn why people behave the way they do and to develop programs to help people lead healthier lives. Here are some examples of our successful, evidence-based programs.

ORI Tai Chi Program helps Parkinson’s Disease Patients

An Oregon Research Institute (ORI) exercise study conducted in four Oregon cities showed significant benefits for patients with mild-to-moderate Parkinson’s disease. In an original article published in the February 9, 2012 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), ORI scientist Fuzhong Li, Ph.D. and colleagues reported that a tailored program of twice-weekly Tai Chi training resulted in improved postural stability and walking ability, and reduced falls in the participants.

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Communities and Schools Together for Childhood Obesity Prevention –

ORI is leading a community-school partnership to prevent childhood obesity. Evidence-based interventions are tailored for each school/community and are designed to promote healthy eating habits and physical activity.

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Understanding and Treating Eating Disorders 

An ORI prevention program targeting eating disorders and obesity produced a 60% reduction in eating disorders onset at two-year follow-up. The program also resulted in significant reduction in unhealthy weight gain – a rarity among such programs.

An ORI body acceptance program has reduced thin-ideal internalization, body dissatisfaction, negative mood, unhealthy dieting, and eating disorder symptoms.

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Managing Chronic Illness – Engaging the Whole Person

Women in ORI’s Mediterranean Lifestyle Program (MLP) – a lifestyle change program for women with diabetes and coronary heart disease -- made substantial modifications in diet, exercise, stress, social support, and smoking and lowered their body weight, improved diabetes control, and lowered their risk of cardiovascular disease. The program was widely adopted by providers and attractive to patients.

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Treating Disruptive Child Behavior

Teen aggression and drug experimentation can be reliably predicted from children’s social behavior as early as the preschool years. ORI researchers helped develop the First Step to Success Program, which has been shown to produce a powerful impact on child behavior as well as on teacher-student interactions, student and peer interactions, and most importantly, the appropriate behavior level of the entire classroom.

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Treating Teen Substance Abuse

Partnering with clinics in Oregon, California, and New Mexico, ORI scientists study the effectiveness of different treatment approaches for teens diagnosed with alcohol or other substance abuse disorders.

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Tobacco Cessation

ORI scientists are internationally recognized for their pioneering studies of tobacco use and its prevention and cessation. ORI scientists have conducted ground-breaking work in both smoking and smokeless (spit) tobacco cessation, especially among youth.

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