By identifying similar themes acrorss tweets, a team of researchers at Penn Medicine came together to determine what topics and themes could be associated with loneliness. By applying linguistic analytic models to tweets, the researchers found users who tweeted about loneliness post significantly more often about mental well-being concerns and things like struggles with relationships, substance use, and insomnia. The study was published in BMJ Open.
Recently published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, researchers from Penn Medicine tested new tactics, including text messaging and remote monitoring via an electronic pill bottle, to see if they might affect blood pressure levels. They found that while each method did appear to keep medication adherence high, neither method appeared to drive down blood pressure levels.
PSC Associates, Kevin G. Volpp and Atheendar Venkataramani, are being honoured at the 2019 Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) Annual Meeting. Volpp is receiving The John M. Eisenberg National Award for Career Achievement in Research and Venkataramani, the Best Published Research Paper of the Year. Read more on LDI's website.
PSC researcher, Kevin G. Volpp was among the speakers for The Perelman School of Medicine’s Nudge Unit, Center for Health Care Innovation, and Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics co-sponsored first national “Nudge Units in Health Care Symposium,” where health care leaders from the U.S. and Canada unanimously agreed that Penn is well positioned to use behavioral science for creating better patient outcomes.
PSC researchers, David S. Mandell and Kevin G. Volpp, took part in a two day retreat convened by the University of Pennsylvania ALACRITY project and National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)-funded study of how behavioral economics principles might be applied to mental health services. More about this retreat can be found at Penn LDI News.
Kevin Volpp spoke at the NEJM Catalyst event Patient Behavior Change: Building Blocks for Success, held at Duke University.
Kevin Volpp and co-authors' paper, Using Active Choice Within the Electronic Health Record to Increase Influenza Vaccination Rates, was quoted in a Harvard Business Review article on the best flu prevention methods.
Congratulations to PSC Researcher Kevin Volpp on his appointment as Penn's inaugural Founders President's Distinguished Professor!
Kevin Volpp and David Mandell will lead the new NIMH-funded Penn ALACRITY Center. The Penn ALACRITY Center—one of two NIMH-funded Advanced Laboratories for Accelerating the Reach and Impact of Treatments for Youth and Adults with Mental Illness—will launch with three projects to enhance treatment for people served through publicly-funded mental health systems. For more information about the new center and projects click here.
Kevin Volpp and co-authors have published an article in Harvard Business Review on improving patient care while reducing doctor's workloads. This article is based on a journal article published Kevin Volpp and co-authors titled "Technology and Medicine: Reimagining Provider Visits as the New Tertiary Care" in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Read both article here and here.
Penn News features the Quartet Pilot Program winners and the program is discussed by Irma Elo and Kevin Volpp: Six Research Projects at Penn Bolstered Through Quartet Pilot Competition Funding.
A new study from Mitesh Patel, and co-authors Kevin Volpp and David Asch finds financial incentives aimed at increasing physical activity among teams are most effective when the participants are rewarded for a combination of individual and team performance.
In an LDI Health Economist article, Kevin Volpp suggests the health-care system should focus on helping people make healthy-behavior changes.
Kevin G. Volpp received the National Institutes of Health 2015 Matilda White Riley Award and gives named lecture at NIH's 20th Anniversary Celebration of the NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, read more in this announcement from Penn Medicine. Last year's winner of this prestigious award was Samuel H. Preston.
Kevin Volpp was senior author on a study which has found that various financial incentives help people quit smoking.
In an editorial published in JAMA Pediatrics, Kevin Volpp and co-author Mitesh S. Patel offer strategies for helping children make better food choices.
Kevin G. Volpp discusses his research on temptation bundling on Knowledge@Wharton in the article "Using ‘The Hunger Games’ to Encourage Healthier Choices."
According to Kevin Volpp employer-based wellness incentives are not as simple as just paying someone for doing the right thing.
Kevin G. Volpp's study on weight loss incentives and hihs recently published article in the Annals of Internal Medicine are highlighted in a press release in the Penn News.
Kevin G. Volpp is quoted about the expanding interest in using cash as an incentive for dieters to lose weight on NPR.
In Forbes, Kevin Volpp says, “We need serious rethinking about what happens when medication is dispensed.”
Kevin G. Volpp provided an update on the "Way to Health' automated research infrastructure and patient engagement system at the Penn-Carnegie Mellon University Roybal Center Retreat.
Penn researchers David A. Asch and Kevin Volpp say automated strategies to engage patients at home are key to improving health outcomes.
Kevin Volpp comments on employers linking health-insurance policies to medical tests.