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.
Recently, our medical director Dr. Leigh Simmons spoke with the Lown Institute about how the COVID-19 pandemic has changed care delivery.
You can watch the interview on the Lown Institute website or by clicking on the video below.
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.
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.
Massachusetts Health Quality Partners featured the work of the HDSC as a key strategy to increase patient engagement at Partners HealthCare.
Dr. Barry weighs in on family decision making about prostate cancer screening and treatment. Read the WBUR piece here.
Dr. Karen Sepucha’s work on the integration of decision aids to foster shared decision making and improve patients medical decisions is featured in Orthobuzz.
Dr. Sepucha recently presented a study on decision making in joint replacement surgery at the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons 2017 Annual Meeting. Read the Medscape article here.