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Using financial incentives to achieve healthy behaviour

By Theresa M. Marteau, Richard E. Ashcroft and Adam Oliver


Personal financial incentives are increasingly being used to motivate patients and general populations to change their behaviour, most often as part of schemes aimed at reducing rates of obesity, smoking, and other addictive behaviours (table⇓). Opinion on their use varies, with incentives being described both as “key to reducing smoking, alcohol and obesity rates” and as “a form of bribery” and “rewarding people for unhealthy behaviour.” We review evidence on the effectiveness of financial incentives in achieving health related behaviour change and examine the basis for moral and other concerns about their use

Topics: HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform, RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Publisher: BMJ Publishing Group Ltd.
Year: 2009
DOI identifier: 10.1136/bmj.b1415
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Provided by: LSE Research Online
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