The Healthy Nudge
January 2022
Welcome to The Healthy Nudge. Each month, we'll get you up to speed on the latest developments in policy-relevant health behavioral economics research at CHIBE.

A BMJ analysis by Theodore Bartholomew, PhD; Mirela Colleoni, PhD; and CHIBE-affiliated faculty member Harald Schmidt, PhD, MA

"Use of incentives to increase uptake of breast cancer screening requires urgent reconsideration, as they are ethically problematic. A better approach would be to support women with their screening decisions through the provision of evidence-based decision aids, as well as ensuring the availability of health care professionals who are both adequately trained and have no conflicts of interest in facilitating preference sensitive decisions."

A Freakonomics M.D. episode featuring CHIBE Director Kevin Volpp, MD, PhD

"Each year, millions of people get sick or die from diseases caused by their own unhealthy behavior. Getting people to change their bad habits – to quit smoking, eat better, or exercise – can be extremely hard. But what if we paid them?"

An Insider article featuring CHIBE-affiliated faculty member Katy Milkman, PhD

"Getting back into the gym after missing one workout may be a crucial part of sticking to a routine — and it could take as little as a nine-cent reward to get you there, according to a massive study published in Nature."

A JAMA Viewpoint by William H. Shrank, MD, MSHS; Michael E. Chernew, PhD; and CHIBE Associate Editor Amol S. Navathe, MD, PhD

"At this juncture in payment reform, there is a clear need to harmonize and reduce the number of value-based payment model arrangements currently in use. By synthesizing lessons learned from the past decade, establishing a hierarchical approach for population- and episode-based models could support the goal of moving the entire national system into a population-based model, while promoting the highest quality and efficiency for episodes of specialty- and facility-based care."

CHIBE blog post with Maeve Moran, MSc, clinical research coordinator

"Health psychology and this group’s work in health incentivization and behavioral economics really go hand-in-hand; within my Master’s program, I studied theories of behavior change and the ways in which they may be applied to improve both the health of individuals as well as the broader functioning of health systems. It is incredibly exciting to see these psychological theories in action in trials here at CHIBE," Moran told CHIBE in a Q&A.
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The Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics (CHIBE) at the University of Pennsylvania conducts behavioral economics research aimed at reducing the disease burden from major public health problems. Originally founded within the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, our mission is to inform health policy, improve health care delivery, and increase healthy behavior.