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Why Care?

Why Care?

Why Should Individuals Care About Their Impact on The Healthcare System? Although publicly there is a great deal of debate as to how to fix the healthcare system, there is presently little doubt that some kind of change is needed. For example, it is common knowledge that […]

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The Burden of Chronic Disease

The Burden of Chronic Disease

What does it mean for an individual to be engaged in health care? Patient engagement in health care means not only preparing for and making the most of healthcare services, but also identifying behaviors that increase the risk of developing preventable diseases. The importance of this second […]

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Be a health care hero: set yourself up for success

Be a health care hero: set yourself up for success

Another example of a bias identified by behavioral economists is that individuals are more likely to stick with the default option, even if better alternatives are available. For example, in New Jersey drivers were automatically granted a limited ability to sue for being in an automobile accident, […]

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Relating Personal Identity to Participation

Relating Personal Identity to Participation

How Do We Make Decisions? When people make choices they tend to use one of two strategies says James March, a professor of political science at Stanford university. The first approach is rational: individuals weigh the pros and cons of a particular behavior. For example, if you […]

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Understanding Irrational Behavior

Understanding Irrational Behavior

Behavioral economics is a field which attempts to understand human behavior by merging economic and psychological principles. In health care, behavioral economics may be used to understand maladaptive or unhealthy behavior which may be difficulty to explain using rationality alone. For example, perhaps the most important behavioral […]

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“Your brain is like a muscle”: Using a growth mindset to redefine success

“Your brain is like a muscle”: Using a growth mindset to redefine success

How Do Beliefs About Change Effect Performance? People often have different beliefs about how change occurs, and as you are likely aware, some people are far more optimistic than others. Take for example, opinions about personal ability. In regard to personal ability some people have what researchers […]

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Applying stages of change to the growth mindset

Applying stages of change to the growth mindset

The stages of change model of behavior proposes that individuals proceed through stages on their way to changing a given behavior. For example, individuals who have not considered changing a behavior are considered precontemplative, and these individuals may subsequently contemplate changing a behavior, prepare to change a […]

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Doing your part without having to change your style. Lifestyle that is. The role of patients in patient centered care:

Doing your part without having to change your style. Lifestyle that is. The role of patients in patient centered care:

Traditionally, health care practitioners have sought to unilaterally solve health problems by mandating patient compliance, an approach which commonly alienates patients, and fails to identify barriers to cooperation. Respect for patient autonomy, however, is increasingly becoming a cornerstone of quality healthcare. The importance of patient autonomy is […]

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