NEJM Catalyst Announces Live Web Event on Patient Engagement and Behavioral Strategies for Better Health

News · February 22, 2016

NEJM Catalyst

Live event is produced by NEJM Catalyst and hosted by the Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics at the University of Pennsylvania.


BOSTON, Mass. – February 22, 2016 – On Thursday, February 25, at 1–5 p.m., NEJM Catalyst will produce a live web event titled Patient Engagement: Behavioral Strategies for Better Health. Hosted by the Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics at the University of Pennsylvania, the event will provide expert insight and real-world examples on ways to improve the quality and value of health care through patient engagement.

The event will feature eleven preeminent business and clinical experts, with in-depth knowledge of behavioral psychology, habit formation, behavioral economics, and social marketing, who will provide scalable, actionable ideas on how to motivate patients to take an active role in optimizing their health. Experts will share their perspectives on ways to change patients’ health behavior that can be used across a wide range of clinical contexts.

“As health care leaders and clinicians  see more and more how the pressures to improve patient outcomes are driving health care organizations’ interests, it’s important to think broadly about how we influence patient behavior and how that helps to keep people healthy,” said Kevin Volpp, MD, PhD, Director of the Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics; Vice Chairman for Health Policy, Medical Ethics and Health Policy; and Professor of Medicine, Medical Ethics and Health Policy and Health Management, Perelman School of Medicine and the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and Lead Advisor for NEJM Catalyst. “That’s why we are so excited to work with this diverse group of experts who will share insights from a variety of fields on how to change behavior and actively engage patients in their own care.”

The event will include three separate sessions, with viewers encouraged to submit questions online for the Q&A portion of each session. The sessions are:

  • Health Behavior and Habits: A leading health care entrepreneur and a psychologist with expertise in habit formation will discuss practical approaches and the latest thinking on what works.
  • Lessons from Other Industries on Changing Behavior: A leading behavioral economist and a social marketing expert will describe experience in other contexts, such as retirement savings.
  • Benefit Design and Incentives, Patients’ Health Behavior: Three experts will provide insights into how benefit design can be used to keep people healthy instead of only treating them once they get sick.

NEJM Catalyst offers a combination of multimedia content, web events, expert panels, and new research. NEJM Catalyst connects health care executives, clinical leaders, and clinicians with practical approaches and actionable steps to implement changes in their organizations that improve the value of health care delivery and patient care.

To participate in Patient Engagement: Behavioral Strategies for Better Health, register online at NEJM Catalyst.

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