Using managed care to facilitate health-related behavior change

Although the importance of behavioral risk factors is well established for many medical conditions, little has been done to incorporate health behavior change programs into the health care delivery system. Managed care, in particular, offers a clinical setting with appropriate incentives to apply the lessons learned from behavioral research, yet managed care organizations have become only minimally involved in behavior change. This project will: survey the knowledge, attitudes, and practices of current managed care organizations regarding the wider implementation of behavior change practices and services and the conditions that work for or against such programs; summarize the commonalties among the health behavior change strategies required for disease prevention and for disease management; and propose a model for integrating effective behavioral change efforts that is applicable across a variety of managed care plans and delivery settings (e.g., varied model types, locations, enrollee populations).

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $390,828.00

Awarded on: 10/27/1997

Time frame: 11/1/1997 - 10/31/1999

Grant Number: 28460


Center for Advancing Health

2000 Florida Avenue, N.W., Suite 210
Washington, 20009-1231


Jessie C. Gruman
Project Director