Weighing risks in a COVID era

As novel coronavirus infections cycle through spikes and plateaus and states and communities around the nation implement ever-shifting levels of restrictions, it can be difficult for the public to make informed and sensible choices, especially ones based on their own potential for a severe case of COVID-19. Mixed messaging can blur the lines between a […]

Scherer receives two grants to study, promote vaccine adoption

Although vaccines have played an essential role in infectious disease prevention in the United States, the acceptance and administration for many vaccines is still suboptimal. With the COVID-19 pandemic projected to overlap with this year’s flu season, the uptake of the seasonal flu vaccine will be even more crucial as we continue to grapple with […]

Fears over health care affordability driving life decisions

With the Affordable Care Act and even Medicare facing potential large legislative and regulatory changes, turning 65 years old no longer marks a financial-relief finish line for most Americans. A recent survey of adults between the ages of 50 and 64 conducted as part of the National Poll on Healthy Aging found that a quarter […]

Providers prefer delivering a fuller picture

As patient access to test results continues to increase, it is important that these results are presented in a way that is useful for both patients and clinicians. While patients and clinicians both agree that visualizing lab test results is better than the current method of presenting test results in tables, there is new evidence […]

Zika knowledge and conspiracy beliefs share similar psychological motivations

“Infectious disease outbreaks can induce feelings of threat, uncertainty, and loss of control in people, feelings that have been associated with both increased information seeking and the emergence of conspiracy theories,” Aaron Scherer, PhD, associate in General Internal Medicine, said. Consistent with his past studies, Scherer conducted yet another survey-based study assessing the factors that […]

Veteran engagement panel improving research focus

Community engagement in research is a concept currently gaining ground in health services research with many finding it integral to the success of their projects. And with more federal funding institutions like the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) looking for that component in grant proposals, avenues for connecting […]

Providing results in context may produce better results

Helping people make better sense of lab results may be as easy as replacing the often-confusing “standard” range of a test with a more-personalized goal range in their health chart. Individuals managing chronic conditions, such as diabetes, may struggle with interpreting their own results without this context. They may also become less motivated to adhere […]