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POTENTIAL BOUND ON WHAT INFORMATION DISCLOSURE CAN ALONE ACHIEVE, PARTICULARLY FOR PUBLIC HEALTH POLICIES

POTENTIAL BOUND ON WHAT INFORMATION DISCLOSURE CAN ALONE ACHIEVE, PARTICULARLY FOR PUBLIC HEALTH POLICIES
Many public health policies & policy efforts to improve value in health care on sharing information & knowledge w/ patients. 

Many interventions have lackluster results. Information alone may be hard to change behavior. 

Prof Anupam Jena at Harvard Medical School has some thoughts on an NBER paper he co-authored - What healthcare choices do doctors make when they are patients?

Summary: in a range of behaviors doctors & non-doctors act similarly, including use of low value care & med adherence. 

One might think - we thought at least - that bc of superior information and medical knowledge, doctors would be much more adherent to their meds, use less low value care, etc., but they don’t.

This places a potential bound on what information disclosure can alone achieve, particularly for public health policies, transparency initiatives, etc. 

https://www.nber.org/papers/w26038

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