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Niels Skipper

Department of Economics and Business
Aarhus University
Fuglesangs Allé 4
DK 8210 Aarhus V
Denmark
Tel: +45 8716 5546

E-Mail: nskipper@econ.au.dk
Institutional Affiliation: Aarhus University

NBER Working Papers and Publications

February 2020Physician Health Management Skills and Patient Outcomes
with Emilia Simeonova, Peter R. Thingholm: w26735
A host of different factors affect health and longevity, ranging from genetic endowments to public policy. Physicians have a substantial influence on patients’ health and health-related costs, but we know little about the extent of this influence beyond clinical decisions such as adequate diagnosis and treatment. This paper demonstrates that the health management styles of primary care physicians significantly affect the health outcomes of their patients. Using data on the population of statin users in Denmark and matching patients to their primary care physicians, we show that the physician’s ability to facilitate adherence with prescription medications has significant positive effects on patient outcomes and health costs even after controlling for observable and unobservable patient char...
October 2013Who Is in Control? The Determinants of Patient Adherence with Medication Therapy
with Sergei Koulayev, Emilia Simeonova: w19496
Non-compliance with medication therapy remains an unsolved and expensive problem for health care systems around the world. Yet we know little about the factors that determine a patient's decision to follow treatment recommendations. This study uses a unique panel dataset comprising all prescription drug users, physicians, and all prescription drug sales in Denmark over seven years to analyze the contributions of doctor-, patient-, and drug-specific factors to the adherence decision. Our findings have important implications for the design of incentive schemes targeted at improving chronic disease management.
 
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