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Does it change management?

(04/18/22 4:00am)

In medicine, we are taught to consider whether additional testing—labs, imaging, input from specialists—will change what we ultimately decide to recommend a patient. Often, those additional pieces of information help confirm a diagnosis or make us feel more confident about proceeding, but the question is—would you most likely behave the same way with or without that information? If the answer is yes, then it’s likely an unnecessary step.

Penny for your squats

(01/21/22 5:00am)

Would you be more likely to go to the gym if you were paid for it? The answer likely depends on how much and in what context, according to a recent paper from behavioral economist Dr. Katy Milkman and colleagues. Their use of financial incentives to increase exercise was the latest major contribution to a growing research field seeking to leverage insights from behavioral science to improve health outcomes.