By identifying similar themes acrorss tweets, a team of researchers at Penn Medicine came together to determine what topics and themes could be associated with loneliness. By applying linguistic analytic models to tweets, the researchers found users who tweeted about loneliness post significantly more often about mental well-being concerns and things like struggles with relationships, substance use, and insomnia. The study was published in BMJ Open.
Recently published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, researchers from Penn Medicine tested new tactics, including text messaging and remote monitoring via an electronic pill bottle, to see if they might affect blood pressure levels. They found that while each method did appear to keep medication adherence high, neither method appeared to drive down blood pressure levels.
Director, LDI Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics
Vice Chairman for Health Policy, Dept. of Medical Ethics and Health Policy
Janet and John Haas President's Distinguished Professor of Medicine
Professor, Health Care Management
Ph.D., Health Economics, Public Policy and Management, University of Pennsylvania, 1998
M.D., Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, 1998