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Health and Fitness: The ABCs of Incentive-Based Treatment in Health care

Posted on February 2, 2019 at 9:45 AM

Reading the Meredith et al., 2014 article while developing the continuing education opportunity, "If the health care community adopts incentive-based interventions that are uninformed by research or theory, and if these interventions fail, then policymakers may prematurely conclude that incentive-based treatment does not work" really hit home.  In our field, regardless of your area of competence, this applies.  The proof is in the pudding.  Outcomes are socially significant and impact perception but behavior change is individual.  The perception of ABA varies across people, parents and professionals dependent on their experiences-did the intervention work or not?

The authors discuss how behavior analytic research and theory can be used to inform incentive-based treatments in health care by:

Choosing a common framework: The authors discuss contingency management as an intervention has been shown to promote healthy behaviors. 

Applying the ABCs: Implementing incentive programs contingent on healthy behavior requires many considerations.  The authors discuss how rule-governed behavior affects implementation.  Other considerations include: choosing whose and what behavior(s) to incentivize, choosing the incentive, reinforcement vs. punitive consequences and reinforcement schedules.

If you are interested in learning more about this continuing education opportunity, click here.

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