Health Behavior Changes

Framing Financial Incentives For the Overweight & Obese – PRC Director Kevin Volpp, MD, PhD

A study by PRC Director Kevin Volpp, MD, PhD, and other health behavior researchers at the University of Pennsylvania shows that financial incentives for increasing physical activity are highly effective among the population of overweight and obese. “Most workplace wellness programs typically … Read more


NEJM Patient Engagement Insights Report: Kevin Volpp, MD, PhD

University of Pennsylvania PRC Director Kevin Volpp, MD, PhD, and Namita S. Mohta, MD of Brigham and Women’s Hospital, analyze the second NEJM Catalyst Insights Council Survey on Patient Engagement. The majority of the respondents to the online survey sent in … Read more


Does Competition Positively Impact Physical Activity? : PRC Researchers Kevin Volpp and David Asch

PRC Director Kevin Volpp, MD, PhD, and PRC Researcher David Asch, MD, MBA, compare the effectiveness of different combinations of social comparison feedback and financial incentives to increase physical activity in a study in the July/August issue of the American … Read more


AcademyHealth Article-of-the-Year Award: PRC Director Kevin Volpp and PRC Researcher David Asch

PRC Director Kevin Volpp, MD, PhD, and PRC Researcher David Asch, MD, MBA, were recognized for their significant contribution to the fields of health services research and health policy with the AcademyHealth Article-of-the-Year Award. Volpp, MD, PhD, is the founding … Read more


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

On NPR’s Health News, PRC Director, Kevin Volpp, MD, discussed new strategies for changing health behaviors.     Volpp suggests that “commitment contracts” produce better results than traditional workplace rewards programs when it comes to tying financial incentives to goals. … Read more


Philadelphia Inquirer Tracks Incentives Research

The Philadelphia Inquirer: Feb. 16, 2016 The latest in a series of studies from behavioral economists at the University of Pennsylvania reported an example on Monday: promising people a monthly pot of money to increase their physical activity, but then … Read more