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

  • Thursday 7 March
    Dr Jonathan James, University of Bath 
  • Thursday 4 April 
    Dr Eugenio Zucchelli, Lancaster University and Madrid Institute for Advanced Study (MIAS), Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (UAM) 
  • Thursday 2 May
    Davide Rasella, Fiocruz Brazil
  • Thursday 6 June 
    Ankur Pandaya, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health
  • Thursday 4 July 
    Stephanie von Hinke Kessler Scholder, Bristol University
  • 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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