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    • Benjamin Franklin on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania 

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News All News

Shortened Shifts for Residents Not Associated with Patient Outcomes

Sources:  Reuters, Penn Medicine News, HealthDay, Physicians News Digest, December 10, 2014

A study published in JAMA by lead investigator Mitesh Patel examined national death and readmission rates after…

Many Breast Cancer Patients Receive Unnecessarily Long Courses of Radiation

Sources: Penn Medicine News, The New York Times, Time, USA Today, NBC News, December 10, 2014

A study published in JAMA authored by researchers Justin Bekelman and Zeke…

Using Behavioral Economics to Achieve Wellness Goals

Source: Harvard Business Review, December 1, 2014

A Harvard Business Review article by David Asch and Kevin Volpp encourages the adoption of behavioral economics approaches for wellness programs. Specific suggestions for…

Priority Given to Kidney Donors When They Need a Kidney

Source: Philadelphia Inquirer, Renal & Urology News, Physicians News Digest, November 21, 2014

Researchers led by Dr. Peter Reese found that a US policy that puts previous kidney donors…

Troy Brennan Discusses CVS Company Strategy at LDI

Source: LDI Health Economist, November 18, 2014

Troy Brennan, Chief Medical Officer at CVS, recently spoke at an LDI health policy seminar about the impact of CVS' decision to stop selling tobacco…

Physicians Prescribe Less Brand Name Drugs When Generics are the Default

Source: Penn Medicine News, November 17, 2014

A study lead by Mitesh Patel found that physicians prescribe less brand name drugs when generics are the default choice in electronic health records. “Not only…

Ongoing Research All Research

CDC Prevention Research Center

Directors: Karen Glanz, PhD, MPH; Kevin Volpp, MD, PhD

A five-year, $4,350,000 grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has established a Prevention Research Center (PRC) at the University of Pennsylvania. The PRC, one of 26 in the nation, will conduct innovative public health and disease management research aimed at preventing chronic disease and reducing health disparities in Southeastern Pennsylvania. This will be the first PRC in Philadelphia.

Among other initiatives, the PRC will conduct a workplace weight loss study to evaluate environmental change strategies and incentives for decreasing obesity and preventing cardiovascular disease in employees of the City of Philadelphia, Independence Blue Cross, and the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA).

Process Versus Outcomes Incentives for Lipid Management

Principal Investigators: Peter Reese, Kevin Volpp

Financial incentives have been shown to be effective at improving patient health behaviors including medication adherence in a wide variety of contexts. The delivery of such incentives has been enhanced by the recent development of new wireless technologies that facilitate the measurement of daily medication adherence and the provision of incentives in an automated fashion. However, the relative effectiveness of incentives based on process (e.g. statin adherence) versus outcome (e.g. improvements in LDL cholesterol) is unknown.This is a randomized controlled trial to evaluate the relative effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of improving cholesterol levels among participants who are at high risk of CVD and who have elevated LDL cholesterol levels by testing process versus outcomes financial incentives. 

Funder: National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute

Donor Registration Trial

Principal Investigator: Peter Reese

This Roybal pilot is a randomized, controlled trial to compare the effects of four interventions on the rate of organ donor registration by members of the general public who visit the DMV website for business unrelated to organ donor registration.

Funded by: Roybal P30 Pilot

A Pilot Intervention of an MI-Informed SMS Intervention For Poorly Controlled Type II Diabetes

Principal Investigators: Judith Long, Ilona Lorincz

This project will develop and pilot a three month randomized control trial (RCT) of a Motivational Interviewing (MI)‐informed SMS intervention tailored to patient level of activation in a population of patients with poorly controlled type II diabetes. The pilot will inform the development of a larger RCT, powered to detect a change in glycemic control.

Funded By: Roybal P30 Pilot

Events All Events

CHIBE Work-In-Progress Seminar

Michael Richards: "Financial incentives for benzodiazepine discontinuation - Using stated preferences techniques to inform incentive design" 

CHIBE Work-In-Progress Seminar

Scott Halpern: "Investigating the public’s support for interventions aimed to increase the completion of advance directives"

CHIBE Work-In-Progress Seminar

Alison Buttenheim and Iwan Barankay: "Incentives and tooth brushing"