Want to reduce opioid use? Nudge the doctors who prescribe them An Orange County doctor was arrested by federal authorities in December on suspicion of illegally prescribing narcotics, “flooding Southern California with huge quantities of opioids,” according to the U.S. … Continue reading Nudging professionals
Can “Nudge Units” Help Build Better Health Systems? Americans spend a lot of money on prescription drugs. Drug spending could reach as high as $610 billion by 2021, and the price of medications continues to rise. That’s why it’s increasingly … Continue reading Across health systems
The Geel question. For centuries, a little town in Belgium has been treating the mentally ill. Why are its medieval methods so successful? lf an hour on the slow train from Antwerp, surrounded by flat, sparsely populated farmlands, Geel (pronounced, roughly, ‘Hyale’) strikes the visitor as a quiet, tidy but otherwise unremarkable Belgian market town. Yet its story is unique. For more than 700 years its inhabitants have taken the mentally ill and disabled into their homes as guests or ‘boarders’. At times, these guests have numbered in the thousands, and arrived from all over Europe. There are several hundred … Continue reading May family care be the best practice for mentally ill?