Healthy Behaviors

Individuals make choices about their own behaviorhealth care and health coverage – all of which affect their health. Grounded in behavioral economics and other theories of behavior change, this research seeks to activate and motivate individuals to improve behaviors such as smoking cessation and weight loss, medication adherence, vaccination, and cancer screening, and insurance uptake and plan selection.  

Healthy Behaviors

Individuals make choices about their own behaviorhealth care and health coverage – all of which affect their health. Grounded in behavioral economics and other theories of behavior change, this research seeks to activate and motivate individuals to improve behaviors such as smoking cessation and weight loss, medication adherence, vaccination, and cancer screening, and insurance uptake and plan selection.  

What We Know

Workplace wellness incentives – Evidence for smoking cessationincreasing physical activityweight loss

Patient and physician incentives -  Evidence for lowering lipid levels

Wearable technology Early evidence on accuracy (related Viewpoint)

Vaccination – Research on the status of children with exemptions

Healthy eating – Effectiveness of warning labels to change parent choices, paying kids to eat better

Social media and health – How patients use health apps; linking health-related social media chatter with electronic medical records 

End of life decisions -  Survey of hospitalized patients highlights conditions they think would be worse than death 

 

What We're Watching

Wearables – Continue to grow in popularity. Experts suggest that they facilitate, but don’t drive, health behavior change.

Will workplace wellness programs adapt to the evidence on effectiveness?  A growing body of research points to  the importance of getting 'the framing' right. The Upshot explores the evidence on wellness programs. Tensions with privacy and disability regulations continue to stir debate.

Healthy eating – Research suggests sugar warning labels are effective. The FDA’s menu-labeling rule takes effect in Dec 2016. 

Vaccine acceptanceIdeas on how to apply behavioral economics to this thorny issue; questioning the consequences of language used in public health campaigns 

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Healthy Behaviors

Individuals make choices about their own behaviorhealth care and health coverage – all of which affect their health. Grounded in behavioral economics and other theories of behavior change, this research seeks to activate and motivate individuals to improve behaviors such as smoking cessation and weight loss, medication adherence, vaccination, and cancer screening, and insurance uptake and plan selection.  

What We Know

Workplace wellness incentives – Evidence for smoking cessationincreasing physical activityweight loss

Patient and physician incentives -  Evidence for lowering lipid levels

Wearable technology Early evidence on accuracy (related Viewpoint)

Vaccination – Research on the status of children with exemptions

Healthy eating – Effectiveness of warning labels to change parent choices, paying kids to eat better

Social media and health – How patients use health apps; linking health-related social media chatter with electronic medical records 

End of life decisions -  Survey of hospitalized patients highlights conditions they think would be worse than death 

 

What We're Watching

Wearables – Continue to grow in popularity. Experts suggest that they facilitate, but don’t drive, health behavior change.

Will workplace wellness programs adapt to the evidence on effectiveness?  A growing body of research points to  the importance of getting 'the framing' right. The Upshot explores the evidence on wellness programs. Tensions with privacy and disability regulations continue to stir debate.

Healthy eating – Research suggests sugar warning labels are effective. The FDA’s menu-labeling rule takes effect in Dec 2016. 

Vaccine acceptanceIdeas on how to apply behavioral economics to this thorny issue; questioning the consequences of language used in public health campaigns