Strengths and weaknesses of health behavior change programs on the Internet

  • Evers K
  • Prochaska J
  • Prochaska J
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Abstract

Full reviews were conducted on 37 public websites on health behavior change for disease prevention and management. All had at least four of five of the `5A's for effective health behavior change treatment on the Internet' (advise, assess, assist, anticipatory guidance and arrange follow-up) that are assumed to be minimum criteria for a program to have the potential for producing behavior change. The strength of these 37 programs included: rationales provided for assessments; privacy and confidentiality protections; some form of feedback provided; and some form of interactivity. The weaknesses included: few were theory driven; few had individualized tailoring; few had empirically based tailoring; and few were evidence based or reported subsequent plans for evaluation.

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  • Disease management
  • Evaluation studies
  • Health behavior
  • Health promotion
  • Internet

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Authors

  • Janice M. Prochaska

  • James O. Prochaska

  • Mary Margaret Driskell

  • Carol O. Cummins

  • Wayne F. Velicer

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