The Healthy Nudge
May 2020
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. Want more frequent updates? Follow us on Twitter @PennCHIBE and visit our website .
CHIBE launches COVID-19 website
CHIBE has launched a new website showcasing all of the ways in which CHIBE faculty are involved in the response to COVID-19. Read about their research projects and activities, find media coverage, and resources. If you have a project to share with us, email us here .
Can peer comparisons for PCPs impact quality of care?
Amol Navathe, MD, PhD , and several other CHIBE members recently published a paper in Health Affairs that assessed the effectiveness of peer comparisons as a way to improve health care quality. "Patients in the peer comparisons intervention group experienced a 3.1-percentage-point increase in quality scores compared to the control group—whose members received individual feedback only," the study authors found.
Behavioral nudges and prescribing in oncology
In a JAMA Oncology research letter, CHIBE members Rinad Beidas, PhD , and Justin Bekelman, MD , examined how nudges could influence specialty drug prescribing in cancer care. Read LDI's Health Policy$ense article by first author Samuel Takvorian, MD, MS, here .
CHIBE Profile: Kristen Daskilewicz, MPH
Kristen Daskilewicz headshot
Read our Q&A with Kristen Daskilewicz, MPH , a Project Manager with the PEACH Lab.
What are you working on right now, and how has COVID-19 affected your research?
The PEACH Lab is currently implementing three R01 grants from the National Institutes of Health. COVID-19 has been a big challenge, as our grants involve extensive fieldwork. While these circumstances are deeply unfortunate, it’s been exciting to see the creative methods our team has come up with to continue our work safely in this “new normal.” We are currently gearing up to transform our Food Pantry project to involve a contactless food delivery component. This will help our research participants, the majority of whom are older adults, access food in a safe way, while also ensuring our research project can continue to collect meaningful data.

What do you find rewarding about your work?
Hands down, the most rewarding part of my job is working with the incredible PEACH Lab team. I’m inspired every day by this group of smart and hard-working people, who continue to impress me seven months in. In particular, I enjoy troubleshooting project challenges with our research coordinators and assistants. I’m also deeply grateful for the leadership provided by Drs. Christina Roberto and Laura Gibson, who are so dedicated to the professional growth of our team members and producing innovative science.
Funding Opportunity
Check out the Penn Roybal Center on Palliative Care in Dementia funding opportunity here . This year, they are prioritizing projects that promote innovations in palliative care delivery and advance care planning in long-term services and support facilities in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Submission Deadline: June 5, 2020 at 5PM EST.
Selected Media Coverage
Selected New Publications
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 U.S. 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.