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At CBSSM, we perform the basic and applied scientific research that will improve health care policy and practice to benefit patients and their families, health care providers, third-party payers, policy makers, and the general public.  In our "Interactive Decision" web feature, we turn a recent research finding into an interactive decision that a patient or policy maker might face.  Read, decide, click—and see how your answers compare with those collected in national research surveys.

Click below to check out our new Interactive Decision: "Moral concerns and the willingness to donate to a research biobank"

CBSSM News & Events

Jeff Kullgren's study to examine consumer behavior in high-deductible health plans is highlighted by IHPI
Through a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant, a team of IHPI researchers led by Jeff Kullgren, M.D., M.P.H., M.S., an assistant professor of internal medicine at the University of Michigan (U-M) and research scientist with the VA Center for Clinical Management Research, will conduct a nationally representative survey to examine the extent to which consumers enrolled in HDHPs have engaged in certain behaviors to help optimize the value of their out-of-pocket payments.
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Stories of vaccine-related harms are influential, even when people don’t believe them 06/06/2016
A recent internet study on the effect of the VAERS (Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System) on vaccine acceptance and trust was featured in "The Conversation." This study found telling participants about VAERS, without having them read the actual reports, improved vaccine acceptance only very slightly. However, when participants read the detailed reports, both vaccine acceptance and trust in the CDC’s conclusion that vaccines are safe declined significantly. This was true, even though the vast majority of respondents believed that the vaccine caused few or none of the reported deaths and disabilities.
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PIHCD: Michele Gornick 06/29/2016
Michele Gornick  will present a survey whose purpose is to improve the communication of genomic sequencing results, specifically findings displayed in a genomic sequencing results report prototype.
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