NEJM Catalyst

Patient Behavior Change: Building Blocks for Success

April 4, 2018
4:50am - 3:35pm EDT

Practical innovations in health care delivery.

If only the patient would take the prescribed medication, eat nutritious foods, lose weight, quit smoking – the list is lengthy. Many health problems, including some chronic diseases, result from intractable human behavior. Rather than blame patient non-compliance, however, health care providers have come to recognize behavior change as a complex challenge that involves not just the patient, but also clinicians and communities.


Sara Bleich

Sara Bleich, PhD

Professor of Public Health Policy, Harvard Chan School of Public Health

Angela Fagerlin

Angela Fagerlin, PhD

Professor and Chair, Department of Population Health Sciences, University of Utah, Research Scientist, Salt Lake City VA Center for Informatics Decision Enhancement and Surveillance (IDEAS)

Gary Foster

Gary D. Foster, PhD

Chief Scientific Officer, Weight Watchers International, Inc.

Thomas Lee

Thomas H. Lee, MD, MSc

Leadership Board Founder, NEJM Catalyst; Editorial Board, the New England Journal of Medicine; Chief Medical Officer, Press Ganey Associates

Victor Montori

Victor M. Montori, MD

Professor of Medicine, Mayo Clinic

Kathryn Pollak

Kathryn I. Pollak, PhD

Co-Leader, Cancer Control and Population Sciences Duke Cancer Institute, Duke School of Medicine

Roy Rosin

Roy Rosin, MBA

Chief Innovation Officer, Penn Medicine

Peter Ubel

Peter A. Ubel, MD

Associate Director, Health Sector Management, Madge and Denis T. McLawhorn University Professor of Business, Public Policy and Medicine, Duke University

Kevin Volpp

Kevin Volpp, MD, PhD

Founders President's Distinguished Professor; Vice Chairman Health Policy, Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy; Theme Leader for Patient Engagement and Event Chair, Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics, Leonard Davis Institute; Perelman School of Medicine and the Wharton School, Pennsylvania; NEJM Catalyst

Charlene Wong

Charlene Wong, MD, MSHP

Department of Pediatrics, Duke Clinical Research Institute, Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy, Duke University