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A nudge too far? a nudge at all? on paying people to be healthy

Oliver, Adam (2012) A nudge too far? a nudge at all? on paying people to be healthy. Healthcare Papers , 12 (4). pp. 8-16. ISSN 1488-917X

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Abstract

Paying people to engage in healthy behaviours, such as adhering to medications, quitting smoking and losing weight, has been linked to the nudge agenda However, "user financial incentives" (UFI) can only be classified as nudges if they meet a strict set of requirements Perhaps more importantly, UFI have thus far showed some promise only for "single shot" behaviour change, such as that associated with many acts of medical adherence, and have been generally unfruitful in effecting the sustained behaviour change that is necessary to influence broader lifestyle decisions, such as those associated with smoking and weight Possibly more importantly still, the legitimacy of government-sponsored interventions intended to influence directly broad lifestyle behaviours, providing that those behaviours are not unduly harming others, ought to be scrutinized.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.longwoods.com/publications/healthcarepa...
Additional Information: © 2013 Longwoods Publishing Corporation
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Sets: Departments > Social Policy
Research centres and groups > LSE Health
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Date Deposited: 10 May 2013 11:42
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/50142/

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