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 Investigator: Long
Prior research has established that patients achieving good glucose control can reduce their likelihood of diabetes mellitus micro-vascular complications, including blindness, renal failure, neuropathy and amputations. The growing epidemic of diabetes mellitus disproportionately affects low income and racial minority populations. This pilot study tests whether in a cohort of low-income U.S. veterans with poor diabetes mellitus control peer counseling or financial incentives can help improve glucose control compared with usual care.
Funder: National Institute on Aging