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News All News

Bumped-up Medicaid Fees for Primary Care Linked to Improved Appointment Availability

Sources: LDI Blog, WHYY, Courier Post, Health.com, January 22, 2015

A paper published in the New England Journal of Medicine by LDI Executive Director Dan Polsky and co-authors…

How Wearable Devices Can Effectively Promote Health Behavior Change

Sources: Penn News, The Atlantic, NY Daily News, Philadelphia Magazine, Shape.com, January 8, 2014

A JAMA Viewpoint article authored by Mitesh Patel, Kevin Volpp and David Asch…

LDI Report on 2014 Behavioral Economics and Health Symposium

Source: LDI Health Economist, January 2014

CHIBE's 2014 Behavioral Economics and Health Symposium took place in November at The Wharton School's Huntsman Hall. The symposium brought together academic, business and government…

Radiation Plus Hormone Therapy Prolongs Survival for Older Men with Prostate Cancer

Sources: Penn Medicine News, CBS Philly, Yahoo! News, Renal and Urology News January 6, 2014

A new study led by Justin Bekelman in the Journal of Clinical Oncology found that…

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…

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

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"

CHIBE Work-In-Progress Seminar

Ashley Swanson: "TBD"