Medical Student Research Fellowship for Summer 2006
Mentor: Dr. Clay Cockerell
Room number: 2330 Butler St., #115, Dallas 75235
Mail Code: (see above)
Phone number: 214-530-5200
Project title: A Study in Incentivism and Positive Health Behavior
Human subjects IRB approved project number (where applicable):
This study qualifies for IRB exemption under categories 4 and 5 of the human subject guidelines, as the information is recorded in such a manner that subjects cannot be identified and also because it is a public benefit program being done in collaboration with public health administrators.
Animal subjects IRB approved project number (where applicable):
Project Type (patient-based research, animal-based research, or basic research; this characterization is only to permit a general classification for grouping similar types of projects)
Brief Description of Project:
We are developing an incentive-based program aimed at improving health and wellness behavior in the medically underserved population. The pilot study of the program will begin by targeting obesity in a lower income segment of the Dallas population by offering rewards (e.g. vouchers and free services provided by local businesses) for positive changes in nutrition and fitness habits, such as weight loss and lower of cholesterol. The goal is to then expand to include other areas of health behavior, such as encouraging patients to quit smoking, get vaccinations, etc and to develop an effective program model that could become exportable to other medical and public health institutions.
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