Computerized lifestyle intervention in routine primary health care: Evaluation of usage on provider and responder levels
2009 (English)In: PATIENT EDUCATION AND COUNSELING, ISSN 0738-3991, Vol. 75, no 2, 238-243 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Objective: The aim of this study was to evaluate the use of a computerized concept for lifestyle intervention in routine primary health care (PHC).
Methods: Nine PHC units were equipped with computers providing a lifestyle test and tailored printed advice regarding alcohol consumption and physical activity. Patients were referred by staff, and performed the test anonymously. Data were collected over a period of I year.
Results: During the study period 3065 tests were completed, representing 5.7% of the individuals visiting the PHC units during the period. there were great differences between the units in the number of tests performed and in the proportion of patients referred. One-fifth of the respondents scored for hazardous alcohol consumption, and one-fourth reported low levels of physical activity. The majority of respondents found the test easy to perform, and a majority of those referred to the test found referral positive.
Conclusion: The computerized test can be used for screening and intervention regarding lifestyle behaviours in PHC. Responders are positive to the test and to referral.
Practice implications: A more widespread implementation of computerized lifestyle tests could be a beneficial complement to face-to-face interventions in PHC.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. Vol. 75, no 2, 238-243 p.
Alcohol, Computer-based, Lifestyle intervention, Physical activity, Primary health care
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-18143DOI: 10.1016/j.pec.2008.10.004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-18143DiVA: diva2:216482
Siw Carlfjord, Per Nilsen, A Andersson, Kjell Johansson and Preben Bendtsen, Computerized lifestyle intervention in routine primary health care: Evaluation of usage on provider and responder levels, 2009, PATIENT EDUCATION AND COUNSELING, (75), 2, 238-243.
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