Stop the wasted paper! Nearly every printer in our institution defaults to single-sided printing. The process to change this to double-sided printing takes 7 mouse clicks and an average of 45 seconds. A concept known as "choice architecture" has been well described in behavioral economics where consumers are more likely to choose the default option when presented with a set of options. For example in Germany and Austria (two similar bordering countries) organ donation is opt-in versus opt-out respectively. Germany has an organ donation rate of 12% whereas Austria has an organ donation rate of >99%. Consumers tend to choose the path of least resistance and this includes selecting printing options! I propose we change health care choice architecture by selecting double-sided printing as the default option across our health systems. Imagine the amount of paper we would save in this ZERO cost intervention.
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