Research Corner

We always strive to root all of 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.

Each week, a rotating group of experts analyze new health policy research in our newsletter as part of the Tradeoffs Research Corner. Many (but not all) of those columns are written by the members of the Tradeoffs Research Council (see below), overseen by our Contributing Research Editor Sayeh Nikpay, PhD, MPH. And Sayeh will bring Research Corner to the podcast several times throughout the year.

You can explore our full archive of Research Corner columns and podcast episodes below, and you can get Research Corner delivered to your inbox every week by signing up for our free weekly newsletter. 


Recent Research Corner Columns

How Do You Create a ‘Zero-Burnout’ Primary Care Practice?

Bianca Frogner on a new study highlighting common characteristics of primary care practices that avoid staff burnout.

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Charting the Uneven Progress in Medical School Diversity

Samantha Artiga discusses research showing how several racial and ethnic groups continue to be underrepresented in U.S. medical schools.

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Babies, Boats & Abstracts: An Insider’s Guide to Health Policy Conferences

Health economist Kosali Simon shares conference tips, stories and abstracts she's excited for at AcademyHealth and ASHEcon.

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How Can Health Policy Researchers Measure Structural Racism?

Katy Backes Kozhimannil explores a review of how the impacts of structural racism have been studied in reproductive health.

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What NASCAR Can Teach Us About Pollution and Social Determinants of Health

Kosali Simon breaks down research that uses NASCAR's switch to unleaded gas to explore the impact of pollution on kids' cognitive development.

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Expanding Medicaid Research Beyond Medicaid Expansion

Joseph Benitez breaks down a recent study that he says can help move more Medicaid research beyond looking at the impact of Medicaid expansion.

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A Clearer Image of the Impact of Hospitals Buying Physician Practices

Ishani Ganguli on two new studies that use the number of imaging tests doctors order to understand the impact of hospitals buying physician practices.

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Calling the Shots: Should Employers Mandate COVID Vaccines?

We dig into the research to help employers weigh the pros and cons of requiring their employees to get vaccinated.

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2021 Tradeoffs Research Council

Vice President and Director of the Racial Equity and Health Policy Program, Kaiser Family Foundation

Assistant Professor, Department of Health Management and Policy, University of Kentucky

Associate Professor of Health Policy, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Ruth L. Newhouse Associate Professor of Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School; Associate Professor of Medicine and Assistant Physician, Massachusetts General Hospital

Associate Research Professor, Georgetown University Center on Health Insurance Reforms

Assistant Professor, Center for Health Policy, Stanford University School of Medicine

Herman B. Wells Endowed Professor, Associate Vice Provost for Health Sciences; Indiana University

Assistant Professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, Assistant Professor of Medicine; University of Pennsylvania

Executive DirectorLeonard Davis Institute of Health Economics; Robert D. Eilers Professor of Health Care Management, Wharton School; Professor of Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine