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: Lindsay Jubelt, Kevin Volpp
A substantial portion of health care costs derives from a relatively small subset of the population. These high-cost members often suffer from multiple chronic conditions and may struggle with behavioral health issues and low health literacy. Given these challenges, these members are vulnerable to the inefficiencies and poor coordination of services in the current fee-for-service health care system.
Disease management and care coordination programs are designed to counter these challenges by engaging members, identifying their needs, and providing additional support, education, and services tailored to the specific goals of the individual. However, the effectiveness of such programs is often compromised by low rates of engagement and ongoing participation. More information is required to understand why certain people never fully participate in disease management programs and why others stop after initially participating. Understanding barriers to enrollment and participation is necessary for such programs to achieve their full potential to improve the health and reduce the health care expenditures of the patients they are serving.