Dr. Karen Sepucha and researchers and UCLA find cash rewards and relaxed safety guidelines are motivating, depending on political affiliation

Karen Sepucha, Lynn Vavreck, the Marvin Hoffenberg Professor of American Politics and Public Policy at U.C.L.A., along with Arash Naeim, Neil Wenger and Annette Stanton at the David Geffen School of Medicine at U.C.L.A. found that two strong incentives to motivate the unvaccinated, dependent on their political party affiliation. In a randomized survey experiment, a cash reward would make them more likely to get a shot if they identified as a democrat and if they didn’t need to wear a mask or social-distance in public once vaccinated they would more likely get a shot if they identified as a Republican. This work was featured in The New York Times here.

A new SDM study, funded by PCORI

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Karen Sepucha, PhD and Leigh Simmons, MD Approved for $2.2 Million in Research Funding for Promoting Informed Decisions about Cancer Screening in Older Adults (PRIMED Study)

Funds awarded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute

Drs. Sepucha and Simmons from the Health Decision Sciences Center (HDSC) at Massachusetts General Hospital have been approved for a $2.2 million funding award by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to address an important gap in our understanding of how to support clinicians and older patients in making good decisions about whether to continue colorectal cancer (CRC) screening. The study, Promoting Informed Decisions about Cancer Screening in Older Adults (PRIMED Study), will advance our understanding of how to best communicate evidence of cancer screening benefits and harms to older adults and is well aligned with PCORI’s mission.

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National Quality Forum Playbook in Shared Decision Making

Earlier this month, NQF published the NQP Playbook™: Shared Decision Making in Healthcare, which was developed with input from Dr. Sepucha and other experts in the field. The playbook has guidance for institutions looking to implement shared decision making and culminates important work by the NQF to recognize and promote SDM as a key tenet of improving healthcare quality. The playbook can be purchased here.