Do tailored behavior change messages enhance the effectiveness of health risk appraisal? Results from a randomized trial.

  • Kreuter M
  • Strecher V
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The article examines the effectiveness of behavior change on Health risk appraisal (HRA). HRA is the most widely used health education tool for promoting individual behavior change. HRA collects epidemiological risk factor information from its users, calculates their mortality risks and provides them with feedback about those risks. Adult patients from eight family medical practices in North Carolina were examined. The questionnaire included 27 HRA questions that assessed patients' risk factors, including age, sex, height, weight, body frame size, diabetes status, systolic and diastolic blood pressure, and many more. This study compared the effectiveness of the enhanced HRA to that of a typical HRA and to a control condition receiving no feedback.

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  • Behavior modification
  • Health education
  • Health promotion
  • Health risk assessment
  • Health status indicators
  • Medical screening

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  • Matthew W.1 Kreuter

  • Victor J.2 Strecher

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