Digital Therapeutics in Pediatric Behavioral Health — A unique opportunity to improve the standard of care and lifelong outcomes

 By Brent Vaughan, CEO and Co-Founder, Cognoa   We are experiencing a mental health crisis:one person in every four in the world will develop one or more behavioral conditions during their lifetime. Today in the U.S., one in five children have a diagnosable behavioral health disorder and only 21% of those children receive needed treatment. […]

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Peer-to-Peer Support Helps People Improve Their Chronic Condition Therapy Outcomes

The success of many therapies for chronic diseases depends in large part on the ability of patients to follow often-complicated self-care regimens. Patients face many challenges when attempting to implement these recommendations such as multiple co-morbidities, physical limitations, lack of resources, poor social support, lack of confidence or skills, and insufficient knowledge.  It is not […]

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Peer Support Programs: A Missing Piece and Perfect Complement to Population Health Strategies

Interview of Dr. Marcus Thygeson, M.D., M.P.H. by Adam Kaufman   As defined on Wikipedia: Peer support occurs when people provide knowledge, experience, emotional, social or practical help to each other. It commonly refers to an initiative consisting of trained supporters… and can take a number of forms such as peer mentoring, reflective listening (reflecting […]

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Universality of Self-Efficacy

Increasing self-efficacy – one’s capacity to identify actions that improve one’s life and the confidence to accomplish those actions – has been shown to:1 Accelerate health behavior change (e.g. healthy eating, medication adherence) Reduce depression, anxiety, and stress-related disorders Diminish social isolation Improve system navigation and health program uptake   Importantly, the impact of self-efficacy […]

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Mastery Experiences Drive Self-Efficacy

Self-efficacy, or confidence as it is commonly known, is the optimistic self-belief in one’s competence or chances of successfully accomplishing a task and producing a favorable outcome. Self-efficacy is certainly worth having because as Henry Ford famously put it, “Whether you believe you can or you cannot, you are right.” Gandhi perfectly understood the central […]

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Story Snippets: Suzanne Continues her Passion for Supporting as a Better Choices, Better Health® Mentor

It’s the afternoon in Los Angeles and already the evening in Baltimore on Thursday, June 6th when I connect with Suzanne for our Slack call.   “It is 2009, and I am working full time for the Baltimore County Department of Aging and I have a part-time job in addition.  Being so busy I didn’t […]

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Age + Action Conference Summary

Neal had the opportunity to participate in the National Council on Aging’s Age + Action conference this June.  Age+Action is the premiere national conference focused on ensuring every person’s right to age with their best possible health and economic security. The event brought together 900+ professionals from across the country who are dedicated to making aging […]

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DC Health Provides BCBH Without Cost to District Residents

Sharing another partnership this month — Washington, DC Department of Health. Please help us spread the word.   DC Health is covering the costs for our Better Choices, Better Health®(BCBH) program for hundreds of district residents.  They are making the program available without cost to a limited number of Washington, DC residents. Interested participants can […]

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The Patient Engagement Capacity Model: What Factors Determine a Patient’s Ability to Engage?

This month we feature an article by C.J. Sieck, et al, The Patient Engagement Capacity Model: What Factors Determine a Patient’s Ability to Engage?  Writing in the New England Journal of Medicine Catalyst, Sieck et al start their article describing the “Promise and Challenge of Patient Engagement” and then proceed to present their “Engagement Capacity […]

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Adopting New Behaviors Doesn’t Need to Be All Work- It Can be Quite Satisfying

Individual behavior change is often central to enhancing quality of life and improving health.  This includes adopting healthier habits around diet, physical activity, sleep, and other core individual behaviors.  It includes new tactics to improve social interactions with family and friends and with healthcare providers.  And it often includes new medical-related behaviors such as medication […]

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Insights from DTx West

DTx West took place at the end of February and serves as a great reminder of just how far the broader industry and the digital therapeutics segment have come.  Topics included the regulatory environment and pathways for digital therapeutics, commercialization strategies, and partnership approaches. I had the good fortune to moderate an incredible panel with […]

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Seeing the Success of Others Makes us More Likely to Succeed

We were glad to see the interest in Paul’s article from last month’s Canary Health newsletter about designing digital interventions to highlight behavioral modeling.  Providing behavioral modeling is one of the key approaches to increasing an individual’s self-efficacy — i.e. the confidence in one’s ability to set a goal and accomplish it. Increasing self-efficacy has […]

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Improving Outcomes: Self-Efficacy Based Digital Therapeutics

Neal Kaufman, Chief Medical Officer, Canary Health, recently presented at the Right Care Initiative, a public-private partnership working to improve clinical outcomes for adults with chronic conditions within California. Neal discussed digital therapeutics, the implications for modern health practice, and the role increasing self-efficacy plays in improving outcomes. He also presented Better Choices, Better Health® and […]

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Story-telling, Only Part of Designing for Behavioral Modeling

The core outcome of the Better Choices, Better Health® (BCBH) program is to increase participants’ self-efficacy.  Across the entire program we’re deliberate about how we design not only to engage and delight our participants, but also to ensure we increase their self-efficacy. In 1977[i] Albert Bandura defined self-efficacy as “the belief in one’s capabilities to […]

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