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Maintenance of Long-term Behavior Change

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Objectives : To describe the formation and work of the Health Maintenance Consortium (HMC), a collaborative of researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health to study long-term behavior change across a variety of diseases and conditions.

Methods : The historical development of the program, especially the focus on behavior change maintenance, is briefly described. Previous work on behavior change that paved the way for the HMC is also discussed.

Results : Aiming to accelerate the pace of discovery and application, NIH funding to create the HMC has created a strong research base for making progress toward filling key knowledge and intervention gaps in long-term behavior change.

Conclusions : Investments in behavior change and maintenance have yielded important information that can be used to guide the development of future programs to improve health.
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Keywords: National Institutes of Health; behavior change; behavior maintenance; health behavior

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1 Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD.

Publication date: 01 November 2010

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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.

    The Journal aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of the impact of personal attributes, personality characteristics, behavior patterns, social structure, and processes on health maintenance, health restoration, and health improvement; to disseminate knowledge of holistic, multidisciplinary approaches to designing and implementing effective health programs; and to showcase health behavior analysis skills that have been proven to affect health improvement and recovery.

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