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Adapted ‘healthmatters program’: promoting healthy lifestyles in individuals with an intellectual disability

O'Leary, Lisa, Taggart, Laurence and Cousins, Wendy (2014) Adapted ‘healthmatters program’: promoting healthy lifestyles in individuals with an intellectual disability. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 27 (4). p. 302. [Journal article]

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URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jar.2014.27.issue-4/issuetoc

DOI: 10.1111/jar.12107


Aim: Our goal was to test the efficacy of an adapted health promotionintervention entitled ‘HealthMatters Program’ (originally developed by Marks etal., 2013) on health related outcomes for people with intellectual disabilities (ID),and on staffs’ knowledge and attitudes in supporting this population to adopt ahealthy lifestyle. This study also explored facilitators and barriers to engagementin health promotion activities. Method: A multiphase mixed methods approachwas used. A pre-post single design tested the outcomes of the programme on 28staff (attitudes and nutrition knowledge) and 46 individuals with ID (weight,nutrition knowledge, health behaviour, nutrition self-efficacy and socialsupports). These outcomes were assessed pre-intervention, and 3 and 6 monthspost-intervention. Following this the barriers and facilitators to implementing theprogramme were explored within focus groups. Results: Nutritional knowledgeoutcomes improved significantly for staff and people with ID. The focus groupsfound that consistent commitment from staff, managers and individuals with IDwas critical to ensuring successful application of knowledge acquired from theprogramme in order to positively change health knowledge and behaviours.Conclusion: Organisational, staff and service user buy in influenced successfulimplementation of the adapted ‘HealthMatters Program’ and adherence tohealthy lifestyles.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Nursing
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute of Nursing and Health Research
Institute of Nursing and Health Research > Centre for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
ID Code:29917
Deposited By: Dr Wendy Cousins
Deposited On:20 Aug 2014 14:40
Last Modified:20 Aug 2014 14:40

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