Using Nudges to Implement Comparative Effectiveness
Behavioral economics represents a powerful, albeit underutilized tool to influence provider and systems behavior in a large-scale, meaningful, and sustainable way. The investigators propose to use a sophisticated electronic health record (EHR) system to change the default choice for physicians to the choice most supported by clinical practice guidelines (CPG).
Multiple guidelines exist describing best practices for effective interventions, yet a large gap persists between actual and optimal guideline compliance. The proposed study will examine the comparative effectiveness of an opt-out medication management protocol relative to usual care for patients not at goal, using national guidelines for cholesterol management implemented in large multispecialty private practices that use an Electronic Health Record system.
Specific Aim: To determine the effectiveness of altering the default option in an EHR in prescribing statins to selected patients using clinical decision support.
Hypotheses: Compared to usual care, a CPG-concordant intervention designed using behavioral economics principles will significantly improve the proportion of patients who are prescribed statins.
|Study Design:||Observational Model: Case Control
Time Perspective: Prospective
|Official Title:||Using Nudges to Implement Comparative Effectiveness: Behavioral Economics and Statins|
- Nudge Acceptance or Rejection [ Time Frame: Doctor visit to 6 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]A "Nudge" or opt-out default option is implemented in the electronic health record system based on national clinical guidelines. We plan to measure if the Nudge is accepted or rejected by doctors.
|Study Start Date:||September 2010|
|Estimated Study Completion Date:||August 2014|
|Estimated Primary Completion Date:||August 2014 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Individuals will be analyzed according to their assigned intervention group, to compare the effectiveness of an opt-out EHR decision support system to enhance the prescription of statins to those patients with an elevated LDL-C and to subsequently titrate the medication dose until LDL-C control is obtained.
Behavioral economics recognizes that individuals often are not fully "rational" in the purely economic sense, but are subject to the influence of various social, environmental and cognitive factors in their decision making. And, one can take advantage of these findings to "nudge" individuals, in our case physicians, towards more optimal choices.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01575171
|United States, New York|
|Murray Hill Medical Group|
|New York, New York, United States, 10016|
|Principal Investigator:||Joseph Ravenell, MD, MS||NYU School of Medicine|
|Principal Investigator:||Brian Elbel, PhD, MPH||NYU School of Medicine|