COVID-19

Team to Examine Strategies to Increase COVID-19 Testing Rates

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A team involving two CHIBE members—CHIBE Associate Director Harsha Thirumurthy, PhD, and Message Effects Lab Director Jessica Fishman, PhD—has been awarded NIH funding to test strategies to increase COVID-19 testing rates. The other team members are Cedric Bien-Gund, MD; and Robert Gross, MD, MSCE, both from the Perelman School of Medicine’s Division of Infectious Diseases. To their knowledge, this group is the first to implement or test whether secondary distribution of COVID-19 self-tests by individuals to others in their social networks can promote SARS-CoV-2 testing. Their recent JAMA Network Open paper found high motivation to distribute COVID-19 self-test kits and to use self-test kits. In addition, this team will…

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Fairfax County Times: How to Keep Your New Year’s resolution

By In the News

What are some ways you can keep your New Year’s resolution? Dr. Katherine Milkman suggests ditching the all-or-nothing mindset. For example, if your New Year’s Resolution is to exercise for an hour every day and you happened to miss a day, it is essential to be flexible with yourself in creating your new routine. It may be easy to give up and not return, but it’s just as easy to do a quick version of your routine or to start fresh the next day. “It’s critical to learn how to have a backup plan rather than just throw your hands…

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PhillyVoice: Fitness Trackers Get Users to Walk an Extra Mile Every Day, Study Shows

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A recent study discovered that people walk an extra mile every day if they have an activity tracker on their phones or watches. The study compared studies that tracked exercise activity among those with and without fitness tracking apps. Of the 7,454 people in the study, researchers found that people who were keeping track of their steps were more likely to walk 1,850 more steps each day. Authors of the study suggested that doctors prescribe apps or trackers for patients who want to become more fit. Penn doctors recommend people to use smartphones because everyone is so connected to them,…

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Everyday Health: Can Fitness Trackers and Apps Give Your Exercise Routine a Boost?

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Recent studies have demonstrated that a wearable fitness tracker or smartphone app can motivate you to exercise more and be committed. Healthcare practitioners should trust in recommending fitness trackers and apps to their patients who want to become more physically active. Since applications and trackers provide feedback and accountability, it tends to boost results. “These findings are important and show promise for using these technologies to improve physical activity,” says Mitesh S. Patel, MD, an associate professor of medicine and healthcare management at the Perelman School of Medicine and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, and director…

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Harvard Business Review: Digital Health Tools Offer New Opportunities for Personalized Care

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By X. Shirley Chen and Mitesh S. Patel for Harvard Business Review How can health systems implement digital technology as part of their strategy and approach in creating effective behavior interventions? A look at other industries marks a distinguishable pattern: behavioral phenotypes. Companies such as Google or Amazon track individual attributes such as behavior or preferences in order to customize information and design a better, individualized experience. Mitesh Patel and X. Shirley Chen had members of their group conduct a series of studies to demonstrate how behavioral phenotyping could make digital health solutions more effective. The study utilized latent class…

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Psychology Today: Changing Health Behaviors? How to Deal with Doubt

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What can we do when we want to change health behavior but are facing self-doubt? Ask yourself if you are okay feeling this way even if it means getting what you truly want. This approach addresses the fact that you want to make changes to be healthier and also acknowledges how you may have some potentially demotivating thoughts. When it comes to addressing and changing health behavior, answering the initial question involves clarity on two other points: What do you care about? If you accepted your thoughts as truth, and that guided your behavior, would that behavior work for your…

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Slate: This Clever Technique Will Help You Lose Weight and Stay Fit

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Katy Milkman, a behavioral economist at the University of Pennsylvania and host of the podcast Choiceology, shares the science behind why we hold ourselves back from making real change and how we can engineer our way into healthier, happier lives. With the right set up, the most difficult things—like losing weight—may be easier and more enjoyable than we thought. Read more at Slate.

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Psychology Today: 3 Techniques to Use If Motivation Is a Barrier to Exercise

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When it comes to motivation, we need direction and guidance to implement the behaviors we want to do. We need to increase our strength to go against the counterproductive impulses we may have in order to overcome barriers to exercise. To motivate ourselves, we should increase the role of automatic motivation.  Behavior change techniques should target the sources of influence that are affecting the determinant that needs improvement. In an interview with NPR, Katherine Milkman said she found a way to pair what she wanted to do (indulge in Harry Potter) with what she needed to do (exercise). One way…

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Kidney Stone Study at UPenn and CHOP

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Do you get kidney stones? Are you trying to drink more water? Volunteers are needed for a kidney stone research study at UPenn and CHOP. The purpose of the 2-year study is to help researchers find out if drinking more fluid can help prevent future kidney stone progression and reoccurrence. Participants are provided with a ‘smart’ water bottle that automatically logs daily water intake through a phone app. Half of the participants are given a daily fluid goal. At enrollment and at end of study, adult participants will get a CT scan and adolescent participants will get a renal ultrasound….

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