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).
Amount Awarded $390,828.00
Awarded on: 10/27/1997
Time frame: 11/1/1997 - 10/31/1999
Grant Number: 28460