Abandoning Illusions, Confronting Biases

Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Event Location 

Vancouver General Hospital, Jim Pattison Pavilion, Paetzold Lecture Hall, 889 W 12 Avenue, Vancouver,  BC  V5Z 1M9

Intended Audience 
Researchers, trainees, research staff

What Behavioural Economics Tells us about Strategies to Improve Health Care

After a century or so of social science dominance, neoclassical economists' claims about what motivates people and what makes systems work have been knocked off their pedestal. In the past 30 years, behavioural economics has challenged the rationalist, income maximizing assumptions of standard economic theory. It turns out we are a species with hard-wired cognitive biases, multiple reasoning strategies and inconsistent preferences. Our decisions can be nudged by how choices are framed. We are part Mr. Spock and part Homer Simpson. 

The insights of behavioural economics show us that the mystery of why so much good evidence and so many incentives have failed to improve safety, quality, and efficiency is no mystery at all. This presentation will explore policies doomed to failure and suggest potentially more successful options based on an expanded view of rationality and a more nuanced understanding of what makes people tick.

A photographer will be on-site taking photographs for the Centre for Clinical Epidemiology & Evaluation (C2E2), Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute (VCHRI) and Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH). These photos may be used by C2E2, VCHRI, VCH and/or applicable stakeholders for communication purposes.

Speaker: Steven Lewis

Steven Lewis is a health policy and research consultant based in Saskatoon, and Adjunct Professor of Health Policy at Simon Fraser University. He also thinks, reads, and writes about public policy in general, and has an abiding fascination for what makes systems work and people tick. Prior to resuming a full-time consulting practice he headed a health research granting agency and spent 7 years as CEO of the Health Services Utilization and Commission in Saskatchewan. He writes and speaks frequently on topics such as the politics of health care, quality improvement, and professional regulation, and equity in health and health care. 

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Hosted by C2E2: the Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Evaluation.

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