Tradeoffs Research Corner

We always strive to root our reporting in the latest and greatest data about what we know (and don’t know) when it comes to effective health policies. But there’s way more research coming out than we can fit in a weekly show. 

Enter the Research Corner newsletter. Each week, Tradeoffs reporter Soleil Shah offers original analysis, interviews with leading researchers and more to help you stay on top of the latest in health policy research. 

Explore our full archive of Research Corner content, including columns by prior contributors, below and sign up to get Research Corner delivered to your inbox every Tuesday. (It’s free!)

Past Research Corner Columns

How a Doctor’s Peers Shape Prescribing Habits

A new NBER working paper reveals that doctors practicing alone write more inappropriate opioid prescriptions than doctors working in groups.

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Promising Primary Care Program Cuts Unnecessary ER Visits

A randomized study finds that easing undocumented immigrants’ access to primary care cuts their use of the emergency room.

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Could Medicaid Coverage Losses Dampen Voter Turnout?

Guest author Gabriella Aboulafia shares a study from Tennessee that could foreshadow how recent Medicaid coverage losses might affect upcoming elections.

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Experts Pick the Year’s Scariest Health Policy Studies

In a special Halloween edition of Research Corner, Tradeoffs Advisory Board members share some of the scariest health policy studies they’ve read this year.

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A Quarter of Clinic Visits are No Longer with Doctors

A new study in The BMJ reveals that nurse practitioners and physician assistants now handle 25% of Medicare visits. The way those visits are billed makes it hard to...

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How a Cancer-Screening Blood Test Could Backfire

A new JAMA Internal Medicine article reviews the evidence for a widely hyped cancer-screening blood test — and finds it lacking.

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Could Health Insurance Bureaucracy Be a Good Thing?

A recent working paper adds fuel to the debate over when and how health insurers should be able to ration people’s use of care.

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South Carolina’s Bold Maternal Health Experiment Disappoints

A large randomized trial showed home visits from nurses for pregnant people did not improve their or their babies’ health outcomes.

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