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Improving Overall Health Status Through the CHIP Intervention

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Objective: To evaluate the efficacy of a coronary heart disease prevention program at improving selected health indicators.

Methods: A randomized controlled health intervention study was used, with 348 participants from metropolitan Rockford, Illinois, followed for 6 months; ages ranged from 24 to 81 years. Health indicators were based on the SF-36v2.

Results: Those in the intervention group showed significantly greater increases in scale scores for physical functioning, role-physical, bodily pain, general health perceptions, vitality, social functioning, roleemotional, and mental health.

Conclusion: The prevention program improved functional health and well-being scores as well as psychometrically based physical and mental health summary measures.

Keywords: CHIP; cardiovascular risk; quality of life measures

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1 Professor, Department of Health Science, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT.

Publication date: March 1, 2009

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  • The American Journal of Health Behavior seeks to improve the quality of life through multidisciplinary health efforts in fostering a better understanding of the multidimensional nature of both individuals and social systems as they relate to health behaviors.

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