Protocol – Behavioral Economics and Clinical Preventive Services Scoping Review

Just advertising that we’re starting a Scoping Review. Scoping reviews aren’t eligible for registration on Prospero, so we’re using Open Science Framework’s registration option and blogging/tweeting about it.

Our topic? The use of behavioral economics (concepts and interventions) in improving the appropriate use of discrete clinical preventive services. Behavioral economics and associated interventions and explanations for both clinician and patient behavior are getting a lot of press these days. Thinking Fast and Slow and Nudge are popular books on the subject and the medical literature is steadily accumulating more citations on the topic. Most of the actual studies seem to be focused on either diagnostic error by physicians or on individual patient behavioral change. We’re looking for evidence of using these interventions and concepts to increase appropriate use (i.e. increase recommended use or decrease low-value use) of clinical preventive services that are once in a blue moon decisions – like vaccines, screening tests and starting preventive medications.

I can’t wait to see what we’ll find!. We have a great team from the Virginia Tech Carilion Family Medicine Residency, the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and University Libraries at Virginia Tech (as well as a freelancer, soon to be associated with a medical university).

Here’s the link to the registration if you’re interested: