The Healthy Nudge
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.

Financial Incentive Boosts Colonoscopy Rates

Offering $100 to patients eligible for a preventive colonoscopy more than doubled the rate of screening when compared to a simple email request, according to new research published by Shivan Mehta, MD, MBA.
Interview: Effect of Electronic Reminders, Financial Incentives, and Social Support After Myocardial Infarction
JAMA Internal Medicine interviewed Kevin Volpp, MD, PhD and David Asch, MD, MBA on their recent randomized controlled trial investigating the impact of a triad of behavioral economic interventions on outcomes among acute myocardial infarction survivors. The study found no significant difference in outcomes among patients randomized to receive the interventions.
Clinical & Translational Science Award Pilot Projects Underway
In partnership with the Institute for Translational Medicine and Therapeutics (ITMAT), CHIBE announced funding to several Clinical and Translational Science Award pilot projects this summer, investigating issues such as physical health outcomes in anxiety disorder treatment and nudges to enhance enrollment in critical care research. View all of CHIBE's current ITMAT pilot projects here.

Blog Spotlight
Join CHIBE faculty affiliate Angela Duckworth, PhD, MA, MSc, as she co-hosts a live game show podcast on making behavior change stick with Stephen Dubner of Freakonomics Radio. Kevin Volpp, MD, PhD and Katherine Milkman, PhD make guest appearances.
Katherine Courtright, MD, MSHP
CHIBE Faculty Affiliate Katherine Courtright, MD, MSHP will join Nina O'Connor MD to discuss UPHS Palliative Care Databases: Opportunities for Research & Collaboration at an upcoming PAIR Center Meeting.
08/11 @ 8 AM
Biomedical Research Building 1412
In The News

  • Pew
    What Drives Inappropriate Antibiotic Use in Outpatient Care?

  • NPR Marketplace
    The part of Obamacare that even Republicans like

  • Governing
    The Vaccination-Exemption Challenge

  • Harvard Business School
    Why Government 'Nudges' Motivate Good Citizen Behavior

  • STAT
    ‘Are you saying I’m dying?’ Training doctors to speak frankly about death

    $100 Sweetens the Pot for a Colonoscopy

  • NPR
    Many Avoid End-of-Life Care Planning, Study Finds

  • LDI eMagazine
    Penn Research Posters at 2017 AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting

    Is Happiness Contagious? How to Make It Go Viral

 CHIBE Profile
Each summer, CHIBE benefits from the contributions of student research assistants from both the LDI SUMR Scholars program and larger Penn community. This year, 11 students joined the Division of Health Policy, including Amanda Geiser, a rising junior at Penn who is working in the PEACH Lab.

What kind of research projects are you involved in this summer at CHIBE?

I work as a research assistant for the Psychology of Eating and Consumer Health (PEACH) Lab on a study examining the impact of Philadelphia's sugar-sweetened beverage tax, which went into effect in January. I'm working on the longitudinal arm of the study, which has been following about 300 participants since last December to see how their beverage purchasing has changed in response to the tax. I've also helped a little with the cross-sectional arm of the study, traveling to smaller stores around the city to see how their prices have been affected by the tax.

How did you become interested in behavioral economics? Have you taken any coursework as part of your major at Penn that connects to this area of study? 

Last fall, I took a class on behavioral economics and psychology that was part of the Psychology, Politics and Economics major, and it made me realize how powerful small nudges can be in shaping behavior. At the same time I was also taking classes on political theory and social psychology, and I couldn't believe how much the three overlapped. I added a second major in psychology because I want to focus on the social and behavioral influences on decision-making - especially decisions related to health and well-being.

What are your future career goals? How do they relate to your work at the PEACH Lab?

I'm going into my junior year at Penn right now, so my short-term plan is to pursue a Master of Public Health after college, but I'd also like to go back for my Ph.D. in either psychology or behavioral economics later on. Ultimately, I want to help people make healthier decisions by shaping the environment they're making decisions in -whether that's through a career in research, public policy, or even law. Working for the PEACH Lab this summer has pushed me toward research, because I see how influential this work could be in shaping future policy.

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 healthcare delivery and increase healthy behavior.
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