In a JAMA opinion piece published last week, David Williams discussed how societal racial bias contributes to disparities in health care and health status. “The health care system cannot eliminate racial/ethnic disparities in health,” wrote Williams. “Health care professionals need to collaborate with other sectors of society to increase awareness about the health implications of social policies in domains far removed from traditional medical and public health interventions.” Williams also was featured on the Harvard Chan School’s website, where he answered The Big 3 questions on racial disparities in health.
Pop Center Bell Fellow Fahad Razak has co-authored an article in Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) that explores the importance of integrating some behavioral science into medical training to allow physicians to better assist patients with medical decision making. This article focuses on the prospect theory, a framework to understand how choices are made, to help gain insight into how patients make choices in the face of uncertainty so that physicians can become even better guides to patients.
Tracy Lieu, Pop Center faculty member, investigates the effects of various healthcare reimbursement structures on variations in cardiovascular procedures.