Evaluation of an interactive e-health lifestyle change program for reducing risk of heart disease.

Years funded:
2017 - 2019

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in Australia and worldwide.

Behaviours such as regular physical activity, smoking cessation, healthier eating, and moderation of alcohol intake will reduce preventable deaths; also lower risk for other contributors to heart disease including high blood pressure and diabetes.

Technology offers important, accessible alternatives to face-to-face disease prevention strategies that have low uptake. Evidence is growing that eHealth interventions are effective; however, less is known about why particular interventions are more likely to work in particular settings or populations. Process evaluations are essential to understanding why programs work.

This PhD project is a process evaluation of the implementation and impact of a multi-component eHealth lifestyle change program designed to support people at high risk for heart disease or stroke to reduce their risk. People taking part have either previously had a heart attack or stroke or have one or more risk factors for these diseases.

The program links the consumer’s personalised Web site with their electronic health record.

Data from surveys, interviews and focus groups involving consumers and general practitioners will be used to explain program barriers, enablers and preferences for using technology for behaviour change. As a result, researchers can understand the characteristics of people for whom this type of program has benefit and the resources needed to expand it into practice.

Researcher Profile

Ms Genevieve Coorey

Institute: The George Institute for Global Health
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