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Am J Health Behav. 2010 Nov-Dec;34(6):647-59.

The science of sustaining health behavior change: the health maintenance consortium.

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Department of Social and Behavioral Health, Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Rural Public Health, College Station, TX 77840, USA. MOry@srph.tamhsc.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To enhance understanding of the long-term maintenance of behavior change, as well as effective strategies for achieving sustainable health promotion and disease prevention through the Health Maintenance Consortium (HMC).

METHODS:

This introductory research synthesis prepared by the resource center gives context to this theme issue by providing an overview of the HMC and the articles in this journal.

RESULTS:

It explores the contributions to our conceptualization of behavior change processes and intervention strategies, the trajectory of effectiveness of behavioral and social interventions, and factors influencing the long-term maintenance of behavioral and social interventions.

CONCLUSIONS:

Future directions for furthering the science of maintaining behavior change and reducing the gaps between research and practice are recommended.

PMID:
20604691
PMCID:
PMC3753403
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