Health Care Management Papers

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

5-28-2014

Publication Source

JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association)

Volume

311

Issue

20

Start Page

2065

Last Page

2066

DOI

10.1001/jama.2014.3485

Abstract

Unhealthy behaviors are responsible for a large proportion of health care costs and poor health outcomes.1 Surveys of large employers regularly identify unhealthy behaviors as the most important challenge to affordable benefits coverage. For this reason, employers increasingly leverage incentives to encourage changes in employees’ health-related behaviors. According to one survey, 81% of large employers provide incentives for healthy behavior change.2 In this Viewpoint, we discuss the potential and limitations of an approach that behavioral science research has shown can be used to influence health behaviors but that is distinct from incentives: the use of commitment devices (Table).3

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Copyright ©2014 American Medical Association

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Date Posted: 27 November 2017

This document has been peer reviewed.