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Health Promot Pract. 2006 Oct;7(4):406-17. Epub 2006 Jul 13.

Developing internet-based eHealth promotion programs: the Spiral Technology Action Research (STAR) model.

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Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Toronto in Ontario.


Health education and health promotion have a tradition of using information and communication technology (ICT). In recent years, the rapid growth of the Internet has created innovative opportunities for Web-based health education and behavior change applications-termed eHealth promotion. However, many eHealth promotion applications are developed without an explicit model to guide the design, evaluation, and ongoing improvement of the program. The spiral technology action research (STAR) model was developed to address this need. The model comprises five cycles (listen, plan, do, study, act) that weave together technological development, community involvement, and continuous improvement. The model is illustrated by a case study describing the development of the Smoking Zine (, a youth smoking prevention and cessation Web site.

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