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Recent Washington Post Article Highlights HeartStrong Study

Source: The Washington Post

A recent Washington Post article, featuring David Asch, highlighted CHIBE's HeartStrong Study. The study, funded by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare, is currently testing new…

The Economics of Sleep, Part 2

Source: Freakonomics.com, July 16, 2015

Listen to new Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy faculty member, Heather Schofield, discuss the economics of sleep with Stephen J. Dubner in the latest…

Why Doctors Still Perform Unnecessary Medical Tests

Source: US News & World Report, May 27, 2015

A recent Health Affairs article, authored by David Asch and Peter Ubel, offers psychological explanations for why it is difficult for clinicians…

Kevin Volpp Awarded Matila White Riley Award and Lecture in Behavioral and Social Sciences

Source: NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, May 31, 2015

Kevin Volpp's work has earned him the 2015 Matilda White Riley Award, issued by the National Institutes of…

Randomized Trial of Four Financial-Incentive Programs for Smoking Cessation

Scott Halpern Elected to American Society for Clinical Investigation

Source: The American Society for Clinical Investigation, May 12, 2015

Scott Halpern has been elected to membership in the American Society For Clinical Investigation (ASCI), a century-old medical honors society that  supports the…

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, MD; Kevin Volpp, MD, PhD

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, MD

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, MD; Ilona Lorincz, MD

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

Martin Roland, CBE, Professor of Health Services Research, Department of Public Health and Primary Care, School of Clinical Medicine, University of Cambridge; Special Advisor, RAND EuropeTopic: TBD…

CHIBE Seminar: Eric A. Finkelstein, PhD

Eric A. Finkelstein, Associate Research Professor, Duke Global Health Institute, Duke UniversityCo-sponsored by the UPENN Prevention Research Center

CHIBE Work-in-Progress

 Sunny Lee, PhD Candidate and Robert Mislavsky, PhD Candidate

CHIBE Work-in-Progress Seminar

Marcella Alsan, MD, MPH, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Stanford Medical School; Core Faculty, Center for Health Policy and the Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research; Stanford…

CHIBE Work-in-Progress Seminar

Dave A. Chokshi, MD, MSc, Assistant Professor of Medicine and Population Health, NYU Langone Medical Center, NYU School of Medicine; Assistant Vice President, New York City Health and…