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  • Blog
  • 8th Aug 2016

Counting Calories: A new report from BIT on the problems with official statistics on calorie intake, and how they can be solved

Without reliable statistics, we can’t know what progress we are making towards achieving our societal goals. If we are trying to improve educational outcomes, we need to know how pupils are performing. If we want to cut down congestion, we need to understand how busy the roads are. And if…

  • Academic publication
  • 23rd Jun 2016

Applying Behavioral Insights to Health Policy: Progress So Far and Challenges to Be Met

Governments are showing a growing interest in applying findings from behavioural science to the administration of public health and health care.

  • Academic publication
  • 23rd Apr 2016

Provision of social norm feedback to high prescribers of antibiotics in general practice: a pragmatic national randomised controlled trial

Unnecessary antibiotic prescribing contributes to antimicrobial resistance.

  • Academic publication
  • 26th Feb 2016

Nudge: Recent developments in behavioural science and public policy

Dr Michael Hallsworth, Director of BIT North America and Michael Sanders former Head of Research and Evaluations at BIT, discuss the increasing popularity of behavioural science among policymakers and explore the reason for it's rapid ascendancy in the UK political sphere. 

  • Blog
  • 19th Feb 2016

Reducing antibiotic prescribing: a new BIT study published in The Lancet

The growth of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is one of the major health challenges of our time. The UK’s Review on Antimicrobial Resistance has forecast that AMR will result in 10 million deaths and $100 trillion in unachieved GDP a year by 2050. One of the main causes of resistance is…

  • Blog
  • 22nd Oct 2015

Reducing missed appointments

One in ten hospital outpatient appointments is missed – people don’t turn up, and don’t cancel or rearrange in advance. That’s 5.5 million appointments every year in England alone. Missed appointments lead to people not getting the care they need, when they need it. They also lead to costs to…

  • Academic publication
  • 20th Oct 2015

Stating Appointment Costs in SMS Reminders Reduces Missed Hospital Appointments: Findings from Two Randomised Controlled Trials

Missed hospital appointments are a major cause of inefficiency worldwide. Healthcare providers are increasingly using Short Message Service reminders to reduce ‘Did Not Attend’ (DNA) rates.

  • Academic publication
  • 1st Sep 2015

Applying Behavioral Economics in a Health Policy Context

The goal of this chapter is to describe how behavioural economics has been applied to health care sector, beginning with the origins of the Behavioural Insights Team in the United Kingdom, and concluding with the broad public health policy context in both the United Kingdom and across much of the…

  • Blog
  • 4th Aug 2015

Reducing errors in medical decision-making

“Sarah, can you hear me?” The patient lies on the trolley, silent and grey. The doctor bends over her with growing concern. Now he feels no pulse, no breathing – and a once innocuous situation has slipped into crisis. Professional instinct takes over: with a pull of a lever, the…

  • Academic publication
  • 23rd Apr 2015

The use of field experiments to increase tax compliance

Governments have become increasingly interested in the ‘explosion’ of research into taxpayer behaviour. This article briefly reviews two main theories of tax compliance (‘deterrence’ and ‘non-deterrence’), before discussing the recent rapid rise of natural field experiments (NFEs) in this area.