Program Evaluation

Living Well With a Disability Health Promotion Intervention: Improved Health Status for Consumers and Lower Costs for Health Care Policymakers.

OBJECTIVE: Investigate effectiveness of a health promotion intervention for adults with mobility impairments. Study Design: Interrupted time series, staggered baseline quasi-experimental with random assignment to treatment start date. SETTING: 9 Centers for Independent Living in 8 states. PARTICIPANTS: Adults with mobility impairments living independently (N = 188). INTERVENTION: Living Well With a Disability: Facilitated group […]

Read More »»

Evaluation of a behavioural weight management programme for patients with severe mental illness: 3 year results.

Excess weight is a common problem in the general population and in those with severe mental illness and is associated with a range of adverse consequences. The evidence base for managing excess weight in those with severe psychiatric illness is small. We report the outcome of a weight management programme provided in a community mental […]

Read More »»

Camp for all connection: a community health information outreach project.

PURPOSE: The purpose of the Camp For All Connection project is to facilitate access to electronic health information resources at the Camp For All facility. SETTING/PARTICIPANTS/RESOURCES: Camp For All is a barrier-free camp working in partnership with organizations to enrich the lives of children and adults with chronic illnesses and disabilities and their families by […]

Read More »»

A preliminary report on a skills-based telephone-administered peer support programme for patients with multiple sclerosis.

OBJECTIVE: Peer-support interventions have shown no statistically significant or clinically meaningful effect on quality of life (QOL) or depressive symptoms for multiple sclerosis (MS) patients. Peer-support interventions for MS generally provide support but no skills training. The aim of this study was to evaluate a brief telephone-administered skills-training model of peer-support for patients with MS. […]

Read More »»

Shake-It-Up: health promotion and capacity building for people with spinal cord injuries and related neurological disabilities.

PURPOSE: This is a description of a model demonstration project called Project Shake-It-Up. This project promotes the health and empowerment of people with spinal cord injuries and related neurological disabilities. It also builds the capacity of community organizations that provide services to this population. METHODS: Participants are involved in interactive seminars concerning health and advocacy […]

Read More »»

Six-month and one-year followup of 23 weeks of aerobic exercise for individuals with fibromyalgia.

OBJECTIVE: To measure mood and physical function of individuals with fibromyalgia, 6 and 12 months following 23 weeks of supervised aerobic exercise. METHODS: This is a followup report of individuals who were previously enrolled in 23 weeks of land-based and water-based aerobic exercise classes. Outcomes included the 6-minute walk test, Beck Depression Inventory (BDI), State-Trait […]

Read More »»

The effects of an outpatient wellness program on subjective quality of life in people with psychiatric disabilities.

The shift in care for individuals with psychiatric disabilities from the psychiatric hospital to the community has been accompanied by an increased emphasis on the measurement of quality of life (QOL) for these clients. It is the goal of this paper to measure the impact of a voluntary outpatient wellness program on individuals’ self-reports of […]

Read More »»

Evaluating children’s rehabilitation services: an application of a programme logic model.

OBJECTIVES: To apply a programme logic model to evaluate the effectiveness of a new therapy service for children with special needs who were in transition from pre-school to kindergarten. SETTING: A children’s outpatient rehabilitation centre in Ontario, Canada. MAIN OUTCOMES: The short-term outcomes included parents’ perceptions of the transition process itself and the information they […]

Read More »»

Evaluation of the effects of an inservice training program on nursing faculty members’ perceptions, knowledge, and concerns about students with disabilities.

This study evaluated the effects of an inservice program on the perceptions, knowledge, and concerns of nursing faculty members about students with disabilities. Training was delivered to 112 faculty members in eight nursing programs. Using a 6-point Likert scale, faculty members rated their perceptions of whether people with different types of disabilities could succeed as […]

Read More »»

Lifestyle physical activity for individuals with spinal cord injury: a pilot study.

PURPOSE: To evaluate the acceptability and feasibility of a lifestyle physical activity program for people with spinal cord injury (SCI). METHODS: Sixteen nonexercising adult volunteers with SCI participated in a single group pre-post-test of the “Be Active in Life Program” comprising stage-matched educational materials, home visit by a nurse, construction of a personal plan to […]

Read More »»