The impact of a personalised blood pressure warning on health behaviours

Thursday 7 March 2019, 2.00PM to - 3.00pm

Speaker(s): Dr Jonathan James, Department of Economics, University of Bath

Abstract: We examine the impact of a tailored health warning on health outcomes and behaviours. We exploit two unique features of a household panel survey. First, people received tailored information as a function of their blood pressure (BP) score. Second, the sample includes representative samples interviewed in the same calendar year, however, due to the timing of the data collection they differ in their knowledge of their hypertensive status. We find that individuals update their hypertension status because of the biomarker collection. Among those who update, they are less likely to smoke. But we do not find changes in patterns of alcohol consumption or diet. We also find for those who get a new diagnosis they have fewer incidences of certain heart conditions.

Location: Alcuin A Block A019/20

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CHE Seminar Programme

  • Tuesday 23 July
    Giancarlo Buitrago, Universidad Nacional de Colombia,
    Ankur Pandya, Harvard School of Public Health
  • Thursday 5 September
    Jose-Luis Fernandez, LSE 
  • Thursday 3 October
    Soren Rud Kristensen, Imperial
  • Monday 11 November
    Linda Davies, Manchester University
  • Thursday 5 December
    Mandy Ryan, HERU, University of Aberdeen

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