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Financial incentives help people change health behaviours, review shows

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h1912 (Published 10 April 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h1912
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

Personal financial incentives help people to change health behaviours, but these effects are lost within three months of the payments stopping, says a study of the overall effect of payments across various health related behaviours.1

Researchers analysed 34 studies including 10 585 adults that assessed the effect of financial incentives on a range of health behaviours, including smoking cessation and healthier eating, measured for at least six months from baseline. Around half of the studies offered incentives of less than $400 (£271; €374), and the rest were higher. …

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