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Use of Social Incentives to Change Behaviors, Improve Ambulation and Health Outcomes After Major Abdominal Surgeries for Cancer

Major surgeries for cancer bear significant risks, especially for an at-risk elderly population. For cystectomies (removal of the bladder for bladder cancer), 67% of patients will have a major complication, 40% will be readmitted to the hospital, and 5% will die within 90 days of the surgery. We know that patients become very debilitated after surgery, and that 95% of the time spent in the hospital is spent in bed. However, we do not know the best way to influence a change in behavior, to improve mobility and fitness after surgery, and how those changes can affect how well patients do after treatment. We will therefore be performing a trial and evaluation of social incentives to improve ambulation and health outcomes after major abdominal surgeries, such as radical cystectomy.

This study is currently in progress.

Daniel Lee, MD, MS; Ryan Greysen, MD, MHS, MA; Thomas Guzzo, MD, MPH; David Asch, MD, MBA; and Stephen Kimmel, MD, MSCE.

Abramson Cancer Center and the Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics (CHIBE).

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).

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