Program Evaluation

Healthy behavior change of adults with mental retardation: attendance in a health promotion program.

Participation in a health promotion program for 192 overweight and obese adults with mental retardation was associated with behavior change resulting in reduction of body mass index-BMI (weight in kg, divided by height in meters, squared) by the end of the program. We analyzed the mediating and intermediate factors contributing to weight reduction and found […]

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A financial cost-benefit analysis of a health promotion program for individuals with mobility impairments.

People with disabilities make up approximately 20% of the U.S.population but account for 47% of total medical expenditures(Max, Rice, & Trupin, 1996). Health promotion programs representone strategy for both improving health and containing medicalcosts for this population. This study examined the financialnet benefits of the Living Well with a Disability health promotionprogram from the perspective […]

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The outcomes of an intervention study to reduce the barriers experienced by people with intellectual disabilities accessing primary health care services.

BACKGROUND: People with intellectual disabilities (IDs) experience significant health inequalities compared with the general population. The barriers people with IDs experience in accessing services contribute to these health inequalities. Professionals’ significant unmet training needs are an important barrier to people with IDs accessing appropriate services to meet their health needs. METHOD: A three group, pre- […]

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A fitness program for children with disabilities.

BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: This case report describes a fitness program for children with disabilities and provides preliminary information about the safety and feasibility of the program. CASE DESCRIPTION: Nine children, 5 to 9 years of age with physical or other developmental disabilities, participated in a 14-week group exercise program held 2 times per week followed […]

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A walking program for outpatients in psychiatric rehabilitation: pilot study.

The purposes of this quasi-experimental pilot study were to determine adherence to a 12-week group-based moderate-intensity walking program for sedentary adult outpatients with serious and persistent mental illness and to examine change from baseline to after the walking program in health status (mental and physical health, mood, and psychosocial functioning) and exercise motivation (exercise outcomes […]

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Effects of a cognitive-behavioral program for women with multiple sclerosis.

The purpose of this quasi-experimental study was to evaluate the effectiveness of a cognitive-behavioral intervention for women with multiple sclerosis (MS). Thirty-seven adult women with MS participated in a group-based intervention program titled “Beyond MS,” which was led by master’s-prepared psychiatric nurses. For participants, the program involved reading a manual and meeting for five weekly […]

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A study of a structured exercise program with members of an ICCD Certified Clubhouse: program design, benefits, and implications for feasibility.

Individuals with serious mental illness (SMI) have significantly greater risk of comorbid health problems and premature death, and there is need for interventions that can improve physical fitness and overall health. Accordingly, a study was conducted which evaluated the effectiveness of a structured physical exercise program that was developed as part of a wellness project […]

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The role of a fitness intervention on people with serious psychiatric disabilities.

The purpose of this study was to determine the effects a health education and exercise program would have in limiting weight gain and in improving fitness and psychological parameters in adults with mood or psychotic disorders. Thirty volunteers were randomly assigned to the healthy lifestyle group (HL) or a control group. The HL group engaged […]

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Development and evaluation of a cognitive-behavioral intervention for juvenile fibromyalgia.

OBJECTIVE: To describe the development and test the efficacy of a cognitive-behavioral intervention (CBT) for juvenile fibromyalgia. METHOD: Sixty-seven children with fibromyalgia and their parents were recruited to participate in an 8-week intervention that included modules of pain management, psychoeducation, sleep hygiene, and activities of daily living. Children were taught techniques of cognitive restructuring, thought […]

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Efficacy of cognitive-behavioral intervention for juvenile primary fibromyalgia syndrome.

OBJECTIVE: There are currently no controlled studies of behavioral interventions for juvenile primary fibromyalgia syndrome (JPFM). In this small-sample randomized study, we tested the efficacy of a behavioral intervention, i.e., coping skills training (CST), for the treatment of adolescents with JPFM. Outcomes tested in this study were functional disability, pain intensity, pain-coping efficacy, and depressive […]

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