Why Behavioral and Environmental Interventions are Needed to Improve Health at Lower Cost

Looking at a 30 year time horizon, the authors argue in this HealthAffairs article that investments in the prevention-based initiatives that target behavioral and environmental risks are imperative to success of health care cost reduction strategies. When looking at the short-term, ten-year benefits of many health care strategies, such preventative efforts that influence the underlying system dynamics of risk that necessitate the need for care are often overlooked.

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Milstein, B., Homer, J., Briss, P., Burton, D., & Pechacek, T. (2011). Why Behavioral And Environmental Interventions Are Needed To Improve Health At Lower Cost. Health Affairs, 30, 5, 823-832.