I am a physician and behavioral scientist at Duke University. My research and writing explores the quirks in human nature that influence our lives — the mixture of rational and irrational forces that affect our health, our happiness and the way our society functions. (What fun would it be to tackle just the easy problems?)
I am currently exploring controversial issues about the role of values and preferences in health care decision making, from decisions at the bedside to policy decisions. I use the tools of decision psychology and behavioral economics to explore topics like informed consent, shared decision making and health care spending. My books include Pricing Life (MIT Press 2000) and Free Market Madness (Harvard Business Press, 2009). My newest book, Critical Decisions (HarperCollins), came out in September of 2012, and explores the challenges of shared decision making between doctors and patients.
Lemmon ME, Truog RD, Ubel PA. Allocating Resources Across the Life Span During COVID-19-Integrating Neonates and Children Into Crisis Standards of Care Protocols. Jama Pediatr. 2021 Apr 1;175(4):347–8.
Ubel PA. Vaccinating Health Care Employees - Do They All Deserve Early Access? The New England Journal of Medicine. 2021 Mar;384(10):e39.
Ubel PA, Blumenthal-Barby JS. Paying the Right Amount to Challenge Trial Participants - We Need to Use Behavioral Science Insights to Sell What's Right. The American Journal of Bioethics : Ajob. 2021 Mar;21(3):38–9.