Doctors are 15 percentage points more likely to order breast-cancer screening for patients they see first thing in the morning than they are right before lunch. Shown matching descriptions of hypothetical offenses, 208 federal judges differed by an average of more than 3.5 years in the length of the prison sentences they recommended. These professionals rarely realize how noisy their decisions are unless someone measures them. Investing is equally rife with unwanted and undetected variation. Read more at Wall Street Journal.
When it gave permission to fully vaccinated Americans to shed their masks in many situations, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention made a tacit gamble: that easing mask rules will inspire more people to get vaccinated against COVID-19. But that’s far from a sure bet, say experts who study human behavior. “It’s a big ol’ experiment,” says Katherine Milkman of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, an economics professor who studies what inspires behavioral change. Milkman is fully vaccinated but — like many people — has grown accustomed to wearing a mask. Read and listen more at NPR.
More patients underwent hepatitis C virus screening when there was a reduced effort in attaining a laboratory order compared with patients who had to request screening on their own, according to research published in BMJ. “Screening rates in this group remain low and variable across practices. … Screening might be increased by complementing efforts in clinic with direct outreach to patients’ homes, which has been incorporated into other population health initiatives,” Shivan Mehta, MD, associate chief innovation officer at Penn Medicine, and colleagues wrote. “The conventional opt-in approach implies that the default is for the patient to not participate, while opt-out framing suggests that the status quo…
With all these vaccine incentives being announced what’s the craziest one, and do they work? CHIBE Director Dr. Kevin Volpp joins the Let’s Go There podcast to talk about the latest incentives to boost vaccine uptake. “The Ohio initiative is interesting because it’s the first time we have seen really large dollar prizes being put out there as a carrot to motivate people to engage in healthy behaviors. There’s a reasonable chance that it could lead to a fair number of people getting vaccinated,” Dr. Volpp says. Listen more at Omny.