Dahlberg, Matz Mani, Kevin Öhman, Mattias Wanhainen, Anders
Year of Publication:
Working Paper 2016:2
We examine how health information affects individuals' subjective well-being using a regression discontinuity design on data from a screening program for an asymptomatic disease, abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA). The information provided to the individuals is guided by the measured aorta size and its relation to pre-determined levels. When comparing individuals that receive information that they are healthy with those that receive information that they are in the risk zone for AAA, we find no effects. However, when comparing those that receive information that they have a small AAA, and will be under increased surveillance, with those who receive information that they are in the risk zone, we find a weak positive effect on wellbeing. This indicates that the information about increased surveillance (positive) may outweigh the information about worse health (negative).
Information Health Screening Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm