Individuals make choices about their own behavior, health 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
Patient and physician incentives - Evidence for lowering lipid levels
Vaccination – Research on the status of children with exemptions
End of life decisions - Survey of hospitalized patients highlights conditions they think would be worse than death
What We're Watching
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.