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"'Nudge' in EHRs Cuts Imaging in Half for Palliative Radiotherapy, Says Study" - John R. Fischer

  • Dot Med
  • New York, NY
  • (July 05, 2019)

A simple “nudge” could cut unnecessary daily imaging for palliative radiation therapy sessions in half. Daily imaging is often used for curative radiation treatments with more complex radiation plans, with smaller treatment margins. Sometimes it may be used out of habit for all cases, though it's not clinically necessary for most palliative cases,” said Sonam Sharma, MD, assistant professor of radiation oncology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He added, “We decided to apply insights from behavioral economics to make it easier to refrain from using imaging, and found that a 'default nudge' was a powerful tool to affect prescribing patterns."

— Sonam Sharma, MD, Assistant Professor, Radiation Oncology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

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