CHIBE researchers apply concepts from the field of behavioral economics to design, implement, and evaluate interventions that improve health and build knowledge about efficacy, cost and effectiveness.
The Basic Science Core aims to support laboratory or low-cost field studies that will shed light on mechanisms that can generate behavior change. In contrast to previous large-scale field studies, which have often combined multiple mechanisms into one intervention in order to maximize impact on behavior, basic science projects supported by the Core focus on disentangling and precisely identifying the impacts of individual mechanisms. CHIBE researchers interested in applying for project support can click here for more information.
Principal Investigators: Alexis Ogdie-Beatty, MD and Joshua Baker, MD
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and psoriatic arthritis (PsA) are two of the most common forms of inflammatory arthritis (IA). Exercise or regular physical activity is a low cost adjunctive therapy for IA that is frequently overlooked due to low adherence rates. We propose a randomized interventional study to examine a) the use of a financial incentive to increase physical activity over 12-weeks and b) the impact of increased physical activity on patient-reported measures of disease activity. This proposed study represents a novel collaboration between rheumatology and behavioral economics at Penn and a novel approach to the management of IA.
Funder: CTSA UL1TR000003 from the National Center for Advancing Translational Science