Dr. Daniel Croymans honored with a 2022 Top 10 Clinical Research Achievement Award

UCLA Health is pleased to announce that Daniel Croymans, M.D., M.BA., M.S will be honored with a 2022 Top Ten Clinical Research Achievement Award by the Clinical Research Forum (CR Forum), in recognition of the publication "Behavioral Nudges Increase COVID-19 Vaccinations" which examines the effects of behavioral interventions on the uptake of COVID-19 vaccines.

The Top 10 Clinical Research Achievement Awards honor groundbreaking achievements in clinical research from across the nation. The competition seeks to identify major advances in the biomedical field resulting from the nation’s investment in health and welfare. The Top 10 award recipients are selected by a CR Forum panel from among clinical research studies published in peer-reviewed journals in 2021. They are based on the degree of innovation and novelty involved in the advancement of science; contribution to the understanding of human disease and/or physiology; and potential impact upon the diagnosis, prevention, and/or treatment of disease.

Published in the international, peer-reviewed journal Nature in August 2021, Dr. Croymans led a team of investigators from UCLA and collaborators from Carnegie Mellon University that reported data from two sequential large-scale randomized controlled trials to determine if using text-message-based reminders which made COVID-19 vaccination salient and reduced barriers to scheduling an appointment are effective in increasing vaccine uptake. The study found that using text-message-based reminders designed with a behaviorally informed intervention such as psychological ownership resulted in an increase of vaccine uptake when compared to an information intervention which provided information about vaccine effectiveness and correcting misinformation. The UCLA Health research team continues to explore how these interventions can transcend beyond COVID-19 vaccination and be used to address critical care gaps.

“We are honored to receive this recognition from the Clinical Research Forum which reflects the outcome of bringing together brilliant minds, skills and resources from UCLA Health to perform innovative clinical research while providing the best patient care,” stated Dr. Croymans, medical director of DOM Quality. “This study allowed us the opportunity to continue to learn and identify best practices to proactively engage patients through personalized messages and a medium that motivates them to take action for their health. We look forward to expanding use of these interventions to motivate other health related behaviors such as seeking preventative health screenings.”

Other members of the UCLA team involved in this study are:

  • Hengchen Dai, PhD, UCLA Anderson School of Management
  • Maria A. Han, MD, UCLA Health Chief Quality Officer
  • Lily Roh, Director of Office of Population Health and Accountable Care
  • Naveen Raja, Medical Director of Population Health
  • Sitaram Vangala, Principal Statistician & Associate Director of DOM Statistics Core
  • Hardikkumar Modi, Data Architect
  • Shital Pandya, BI Operations Manager
  • Michael Sloyan, Senior Manager, Medical Informatics

The 2022 Top Ten Clinical Research Achievement Award will be hosted at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place in Chicago on April 19, 2022. To learn more, visit clinicalresearchforum.org.

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