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The right rewards

Rewards are an effective way of persuading people to change their behaviour.

Rewards are an effective way of persuading people to change their behaviour. Financial and other incentives can be used in patient care to increase motivation and support the attainment of care goals.

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They can boost uptake of preventive health practices such as screenings and vaccinations. When used for quitting smoking or weight loss, they can reduce the high cost of long-term disease management.

Incentives largely result in positive outcomes, although they can also have a negative impact on patient care. It will help to strike a balance to achieve care goals with the following pointers:

The goal should be agreed by patient and caregiver. Including patients in care planning supports autonomy. However, while goals should be formulated with the patient, it is important to keep the end goal of the entire care plan in mind. Ensure that

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