Manipulating Behavior: Defining the Ethical Limits of Behavioral Contracting in the Healthcare Setting
Author(s)Boyd, Jacob Lee
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AbstractHealthcare providers occasionally implement contracts with their patients in order to encourage certain behavioral patterns. These contracts lay out a set of required or prohibited behaviors to which the patient then agrees to adhere. For example, pain management physicians who regularly utilize opioids to alleviate chronic pain might draw up a contract that dictates strict dosing guidelines and other requirements. The patient agrees to adhere to the requirements while knowing that non-adherence might result in a termination of therapy.