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

Exploring Inequities in Telemedicine

Rachel Werner on new research looking at which patients have struggled to take advantage of telehealth during the pandemic.

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Why Do We Spend So Much on End-of-Life Care?

Maria Polyakova on research examining the surprising source of outsized health care spending in the last months of life.

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The Dangers of a Slow Vaccine Rollout

Karen Joynt Maddox on research showing how critical it is for the U.S. to have a swift distribution of COVID-19 vaccines.

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Do Health Plans Affect Mortality Rates?

Aditi Sen on research showing some Medicare Advantage plans have better mortality rates than others.

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What’s the Best Way to Limit the Spread of COVID-19?

Brooke Nichols on research comparing the most effective non-pharmaceutical interventions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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More Evidence on the Quality Impacts of Consolidation

Farzad Mostashari on new research on the impact of consolidation on the quality of care for high-need patients.

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The Perils of Self-Reported COVID Screenings

Andrew Goodman-Bacon examines research on the effectiveness of self-reported workplace COVID screenings.

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Analyzing the ACA’s Latest Trip to the Supreme Court

Katie Keith breaks down oral arguments in the California v. Texas ACA case at the Supreme Court.

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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