Applying research ideas to improve patient and community outcomes
The Behavioral Economics (BE) Core advises on behavioral economics, implementation sciences, and cost effectiveness analyses to translate research findings into clinical practice.
Behavioral economics explores how people’s actions and biases influence their decisions. Tailoring decision environments can encourage, or “nudge”, people towards making wiser and healthier choices without taking away their freedom of choice.
Implementation science studies the optimal logistics of delivering a given intervention and advances strategies that facilitate the uptake of research-based interventions or best practices. In this way, implementation science helps translate ideas into outcomes by identifying, addressing, and overcoming system barriers.
Cost-effectiveness analyses aim to categorize the relationship between healthcare costs and health outcomes of an intervention or idea.
The Behavioral Economics Core is supported by the Center for Health Outcomes and Population Research (NIGMS CoBRE P20GM121341).
Questions we can help to answers:
- How can I operationalize results from my study in a real-world or clinical setting?
- How can I maximize patient/participant enrollment and participation?
- How should I communicate with patients/participants?
- How can I nudge patients/participants to make healthier decisions without removing their freedom of choice?
- How can I measure the cost-effectiveness of my intervention?
Tess Weber, MPH
Senior Research Specialist
Tess Weber has a Masters of Public Health with an emphasis in Epidemiology from the University of Nebraska Medical Center and a certificate in Health Care Innovation from UPenn Medical Ethics & Health Policy. She is the manager of the Behavioral Economics Core and has experience in both quantitative and qualitative research.
Benson Hsu, MD, MBA, FAACP, FCCM
Dr. Hsu is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine and a board-certified pediatric critical care physician at Sanford Children's Hospital. His research interest is in applying behavioral economics to medical decision making in achieving better community health.
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