Hyperbolic discounting and medication habits

Hyperbolic Discounting and Public Health
Intervention Public Health

Intervention Description

Researchers conducted a study in which 100 patients who were prescribed warfarin were divided into two groups, one in which patients who took their medicine properly were entered into daily lotteries for monetary gain, and another which was given no incentives. Although they did not find significant improvements between the lottery-incentivized group and the control group, they found that the lottery incentive group improved results for patients who were considered less likely to adhere to pill taking.