Development of a Planning and Evaluation Methodology for Assessing the Contribution of Theory to a Diabetes Prevention Lifestyle Intervention

Deborah Helitzer, Arlana Bobo Peterson, Janice Thompson, Shannon Fluder

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Abstract

The benefits of utilizing and measuring application of theory for behavior change programs are numerous, including the emergence of new theories and theoretically bound strategies. Despite recent attempts to make theory use more salient, there remains a dearth of practical frameworks for the development and evaluation of theory-based programs. Without literature documenting how theories have been specifically applied to interventions and their evaluation, health educators may not be well prepared to utilize theory for the design, implementation, or as a focus of the evaluation. Using a case study example of a diabetes prevention program, this article describes how theory was used for the program design and the evaluation and provides a framework for using theory in other programs. Issues discussed include: the challenges in successfully utilizing theory for intervention development and the processes of developing theoretically based instruments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)404-414
Number of pages11
JournalHealth promotion practice
Volume9
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2008
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • behavior change
  • diabetes
  • evaluation
  • theory-based programs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Nursing (miscellaneous)

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