On NPR: PRC Director Kevin Volpp and New Strategies For Health Behavior Changes

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KevinVolpp(3cu)-OutsideLeadershipMeeting-10-6-15On NPR’s Health News, PRC Director, Kevin Volpp, MD, discussed new strategies for changing health behaviors.

 

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Volpp suggests that “commitment contracts” produce better results than traditional workplace rewards programs when it comes to tying financial incentives to goals. Reward programs usually offer a lump payment at the end of a full year.  Commitment contracts involve an upfront investment which participants recoup if they meet self-designed goals and forfeit if they do not.  Volpp and colleagues at the Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics have found that short-term goals are more successful than long-term, when it comes to health behavior changes, and that immediate financial loss has greater impact than far-in-the-future financial gain.