Using nudges to change behaviors during the C

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Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, creative nudges have prompted people to adopt simple behaviors in the name of public health. These behaviors include fist bumps in place of shaking hands and standing six feet apart, according to a study published in the peer-reviewed journal Population Health Management. Click here to read the article now.

Ivo Vlaev, DPhil, from the University of Warwick, and members of the Behavioral Insights Team from the UK’s Cabinet Office, developed the MINDSPACE framework, which has been widely used to guide effective policy utilizing the latest insights from behavioral sciences and nudge theory. In this issue of Population Health Management, dr Vlaev and coauthors highlight examples of nudges that were utilized in the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic and summarize their effectiveness.

“Organizational leaders, policymakers, and practitioners can use nudges to promote public health when mandates are not politically feasible or enforceable,” state the investigators.

“Nudges work!! We just never had to use this powerful social science tool amidst a pandemic. We are proud to publish one of the first reports of a successful deployment,” says David Nash, MD, MBAEditor-in-Chief of Population Health Management and Founding Dean Emeritus and Dr. Raymond C. and Doris N. Grandon Professor, Jefferson College of Population Health, Philadelphia, PA.

About the Journal
Population Health Management is an authoritative peer-reviewed journal published bimonthly in print and online that reflects the expanding scope of health care management and quality. The Journal delivers a comprehensive, integrated approach to the field of population health and provides information designed to improve the systems and policies that affect health care quality, access, and outcomes. Comprised of peer-reviewed original research papers, clinical research, and case studies, the content encompasses a broad range of chronic diseases (such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, chronic pain, diabetes, depression, and obesity) in addition to focusing on various aspects of prevention and wellness. Tables of Contents and a sample issue may be viewed on the Population Health Management site. Population Health Management is the official journal of the Population Health Alliance.

About the Publisher
Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers is known for establishing authoritative peer-reviewed journals in many promising areas of science and biomedical research. A complete list of the firm’s 90 journals, books, and newsmagazines is available on the Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers website.


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