Studying the effectiveness of a medical assistant-based program to promote healthy behaviors among patients

The Foundation's initiative, Prescription for Health: Promoting Healthy Behaviors in Primary Care Research Networks, was designed to develop, field test, and disseminate innovative and feasible interventions for primary-care based health behavior change counseling.Creating a system that engages other members of the primary care team to link patients who are ready to change with practice, health system, and community resources is a mechanism to amplify practice's impact. The purpose of this project is to test the effectiveness of a medical assistant-based program by addressing smoking, risky drinking, sedentary living, and unhealthy diet within six urban practices serving a disadvantaged Latino population. The study is a controlled trial in the PRESNA network (Practice Research Network of San Antonio).

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $296,420.00

Awarded on: 6/28/2005

Time frame: 7/1/2005 - 9/30/2007

Grant Number: 53766


University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

7703 Floyd Curl Drive
San Antonio, 78229-3900


Robert L. Ferrer
Project Director