PHI Seminar 11/13: Keeping the “Patient” in “Patient-Centric Care,” Dr. Timothy Hoff

Behrakis 105, 4-5pm.

Keeping the “Patient” in “Patient-Centric Care”: Preserving the Relational Aspects of Doctor-Patient Interactions

There is a meaningful management and policy focus on making US health care delivery more “patient-centric”. New models such as the medical home place a greater focus on patient needs and expectations at the center of their philosophy. That said, the current health care system appears to moving away from traditional relational elements of doctor-patient care delivery, creating new health care interactions that rely on the use of information technology, the Internet, new health workforce models, and more population-based management of health needs. While advancing the transactional abilities of the care delivery system, these innovations may undermine or transform aspects of doctor-patient relationships in ways not anticipated, and which have implications for key system outcomes. This talk will discuss the factors promoting these transformations, the ways in which to conceptualize their possible effects, and the key research and policy questions that emerge from this understanding.

Thanks, Tim.

Timothy Hoff, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Management, Healthcare Systems, and Health Policy
Author of Practice Under Pressure: Primary Care Physicians and Their Medicine in the 21st Century
D’Amore-McKim School of Business
School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy

First PHI Seminar Talk Announced: Uncovering the Narrative Code, Dr. Amy S. Lu (10/16)

Join us in BK (Behrakis Health Sciences Center) 105, 4pm – 5pm, on October 16th.

Uncovering the Narrative Code: Interactive Stories for Youth Health
Amy S. Lu, PhD
Assistant Professor
College of Arts, Media & Design
Bouvé College of Health Sciences
Northeastern University


One of the oldest forms of communication, the narrative is pervasive across digital media. Recent studies have shown that narratives can serve as powerful tools for health promotion. The more a story “transports” or “immerses” a person into the narrative world, the more story-consistent beliefs and thoughts will be afterward.

Persuading youth to adopt a healthy lifestyle requires creation of effective health messages through interdisciplinary collaboration. Digital media are especially important when trying to reach this age group, who are active media users and early adopters of new technologies. Young people are also highly imaginative and may be more receptive than adults to entertainment narratives with fictional elements.

This talk will discuss a series of empirical research projects exploring the narrative in the context of blogs, animation, and health video games.

[Satire/The Onion] Popular New Exercise App Just Tells Users They Ran 5 Miles A Day No Matter What

From the Onion, what NOT to do when designing your health informatics mobile app.