The Healthy Nudge
July 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 Nature Human Behaviour paper led by Aaron Richterman, MD, MPH, and CHIBE Associate Director Harsha Thirumurthy, PhD

"Cash transfer programs, which deliver direct payments to individuals in poverty, were associated with improved HIV outcomes in 42 countries between 1996-2019." Read the paper here and read the press release here.

A Lancet Viewpoint led by Michelle Mello, PhD, with CHIBE Scientific Director Alison Buttenheim, PhD, MBA, et al.

What lessons can we draw from prior vaccine mandates in thinking about effectiveness of mandates for COVID-19 vaccines? Read the paper here.

A Journal of Adolescent Health paper led by Brian Suffoletto, MD, MS, with CHIBE Associate Director M. Kit Delgado, MD, MS, et al.

"An interactive text message intervention was more effective at reducing self-reported texting while driving among young adults than assessment control at 12 weeks," the study authors found. The intervention group received text-based feedback and goal support to promote cessation of texting while driving. Read the paper here.

An American Journal of Managed Care paper led by Bruce Stuart, PhD, with CHIBE Associate Director Jalpa Doshi, PhD, et al

"Influenza vaccine uptake improved among Medicare Advantage enrollees when influenza vaccination was introduced as a performance metric in Medicare star ratings and accompanying bonus payments," the authors wrote. Read the paper here.

A Journal of the American Heart Association paper led by Birju R. Rao MD, MSc, with CHIBE Internal Advisory Board member Scott Halpern, MD, PhD, MBE, et al

"Commonly encountered out-of-pocket costs of sacubitril/valsartan may impact individuals' willingness to take the medication even when recommended by their physicians," the study authors found. "Priming individuals to consider personal finances before learning about the drug increased willingness to take sacubitril/valsartan." Read the paper here.
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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.