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A randomized, controlled trial of lottery-based financial incentives to increase physical activity among overweight and obese adults

Available Online http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0890117118758932
Publication Date September 2018
Author Mitesh S. Patel, Kevin G. Volpp, Roy Rosin, Scarlett L. Bellamy, Dylan S. Small, Jack Heuer, Susan Sproat, Chris Hyson, Nancy Haff, Samantha M. Lee, Lisa Wesby, Karen Hoffer, David Shuttleworth, Devon H. Taylor, Victoria Hilbert, Jingsan Zhu, Lin Yang, Xingmei Weng, and David A. Asch
Source American Journal of Health Promotion
Source Type Journal Article
Summary

This study examines the effectiveness of lottery-based financial incentives for increasing physical activity using a randomized controlled trial. The study finds that the physical activity goal was met most often when a combination of jackpot incentives and higher frequency, smaller reward incentives were provided, followed by only higher frequency, smaller reward incentives, and then by jackpot incentives. Only the combined condition differed significantly from the control group, and the effect did not hold at follow-up. The article concludes that, out of the incentives examined, combined lottery incentives seem to be most effective in encouraging physical activity.

Keywords Behavioral economics, financial incentives, wellness incentives, lottery incentives, physical activity, workplace wellness program
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Patel, M. S., Volpp, K. G., Rosin, R., Bellamy, S. L., Small, D. S., Heuer, J., ... & Wesby, L. (2018). A randomized, controlled trial of lottery-based financial incentives to increase physical activity among overweight and obese adults. American Journal of Health Promotion, 32(7), 1568-1575. doi: 10.1177/0890117118758932

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