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Am J Public Health. 2007 Oct;97(10):1900-7. Epub 2007 Aug 29.

The effect of disseminating evidence-based interventions that promote physical activity to health departments.

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  • 1Prevention Research Center, School of Public Health, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, Mo 63104, USA. brownson@slu.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

We explored the effect of disseminating evidence-based guidelines that promote physical activity on US health department organizational practices in the United States.

METHODS:

We implemented a quasi-experimental design to examine changes in the dissemination of suggested guidelines to promote physical activity (The Guide to Community Preventive Services) in 8 study states; the remaining states and the Virgin Islands served as the comparison group. Guidelines were disseminated through workshops, ongoing technical assistance, and the distribution of an instructional CD-ROM. The main evaluation tool was a pre- and postdissemination survey administered to state and local health department staffs (baseline n=154; follow-up n=124).

RESULTS:

After guidelines were disseminated through workshops, knowledge of and skill in 11 intervention-related characteristics increased from baseline to follow-up. Awareness-related characteristics tended to increase more among local respondents than among state participants. Intervention adoption and implementation showed a pattern of increase among state practitioners but findings were mixed among local respondents.

CONCLUSIONS:

Our exploratory study provides several dissemination approaches that should be considered by practitioners as they seek to promote physical activity in the populations they serve.

PMID:
17761575
[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
PMCID:
PMC1994189
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