COVID-19 vaccine uptake similar with text messaging and telephone outreach
In testing outreach methods prompting vaccination against COVID-19, researchers found that text messaging and outbound phone calls yielded similar vaccination rates, even when text messages used language informed by behavioral science principles. The study demonstrated that texting is a feasible, low-cost method for communication and scheduling with large-scale population health initiatives, though further research is needed on how to increase vaccine uptake.
David Asch appointed Senior Vice Dean for Strategic Initiatives
Effective July 1, 2022, David A. Asch will step down as Executive Director of the Center for Health Care Innovation, which he has led since its inception in 2012, and assume a new role as Senior Vice Dean for Strategic Initiatives in the Perelman School of Medicine.
When good studies go negative: takeaways from an unsuccessful intervention
Despite having the ingredients for a solid clinical study – time, money, an excellent team for design and oversight, and hundreds of participants – outcomes aren't always what we might hope. Recent work by David Asch and colleagues to reduce readmissions or death among heart failure patients, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, is one such example. But, as Asch writes, even null results offer positive lessons and lead the way forward.
Disposal rate of excess opioids rises with mailed kit
Leftover prescription opioids carry the risk of being misused and may exacerbate the current opioid epidemic. One strategy to improve safe disposal rates is to make it more convenient to get rid of the extra pills.
A research team led by Anish Agarwal and Kit Delgado mailed at-home disposal kits to patients prescribed opioids after surgery. From self-reported data, 60% of patients who were mailed kits disposed of their excess opioids, compared to 43% of patients who were only sent safe disposal locations. The process of mailing the disposal kit is simple, inexpensive, and scalable.